Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, is sponsoring a new exhibition titled Dappled Light at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Los Angeles-based artist Ken Marsh collaborated with architect Roger Bennett to create the artwork, which consists of colored lenses supported by wires that project and reflect multihued shapes and shadows.
A field of multi-colored eyeglass lenses mounted to varying lengths of wire reflects and scatters light from light fixtures inside the display case.
Small fans were added to create movement, mimicking a gentle breeze. “We envision a cheerful oasis of colored dappled light to welcome international travelers in their transition between terminals,” Marsh explained.
The exhibition is on view in the art display case in the Customs Hall of Tom Bradley International Terminal, on the arrivals level, for ticketed international passengers at LAX until Feb 18.
The installation was inspired by the camera obscura, the precursor to the modern camera. The camera obscura requires a darkened enclosure and an external light source; the light passes through a pinhole opening and projects an image of the surroundings onto a surface.
Using a similar approach, the exhibition replicates the effect of sunlight filtering through trees.
The purpose of the Airport Arts Exhibition Program at LAX and LA/Ontario International Airport is to educate and entertain the traveling public, while emphasizing a cultural experience highlighting what makes Los Angeles memorable and interesting, according to the creators of the artworks.
The exhibitions can be found on display in Terminals 1, 2, and 3 and at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.