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October 26, 2017
Reception & Ceremony
The US Grant
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San Diego International Airport’s Rental Car Center Public Art

As with all of SAN’s facilities, public art is seamlessly integrated into the site to create a memorable, aesthetically pleasing and entertaining experience that enhances the Rental Car Center environment.  Atlanta-based artist Amy Landesberg created two interior installations that contemplate our relationship to cars, and imagine how an assembly of their parts might take on a lift of their own. Autoplast I: Tail Light Swarm consists of 801 Hyundai Elantra taillights, and Autoplast II: Side Mirror Hive  is comprised of 2,200 truck and van side-view mirrors.  Using humor and dramatic scale, both artworks transform common car parts into life forms, and model behaviors observed in nature.

Located adjacent to busy roadways, the airfield, and San Diego Bay, Los Angeles-based Christian Moeller’s MetroGnomes is uniquely situated at the intersection of many modes of transportation. Using an internal pivot mechanism developed by the oldest clock maker in Europe, the pair of 54 foot tall kinetic sculptures endlessly tick and tock in slow, graceful movements.

And, coming late this year, “Dazzle” will cover much of the outward-facing façade, employing 2,200 panels of a smart technology called e-paper to create a constantly changing, programmable work of art that spans 1200 linear feet.  Developed by artist team Ueberall International, it will be the largest installation of its kind in the world, and the first time the e-paper technology has been used on an architectural scale.

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  • Project Address:

    3355 Admiral Boland Way, San Diego, CA 92101

    Project Owner/Developer:

    San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Rebecca Bloomfield, RBloomfi@san.org

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Amy Landesberg (Artist), Autoplast I: Tail Light Swarm and Autoplast II: Side Mirror Hive; Christian Moeller (Artist), MetroGnomes


  • Andrew Towne

    This is art?

    The tail light swarm of what appear to be fish (or sperm?) can only be described as ridiculous.

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