The massive scaffolding

The massive scaffolding

I’m sitting at a makeshift desk next to a twenty-five foot scaffold, which only means one thing – we’re installing again! This time it’s at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Terminal Three right before the TSA checkpoint – so you won’t need a plane ticket to check this artwork out. Simply walk up the steps or take the elevator from the ticketing level, or walk across the pedestrian walkway from P3, level 4 and you’ll see it.

This is my second dyed-rope installation, but the first that we have dyed the ropes in-house. I wanted to “go big or go home” – and make this a full spectrum installation. (Think giant rainbow!) There is an exhibition area on both sides of the Terminal Three checkpoint – one side will be “warm” ropes (pink, fuchsia, red, orange, and yellow) and the other side will be “cool” ropes (green, blue, violet, lavender).

Some of the "warm" side ropes, daisy chained and ready to be processed.

Some of the “warm” side ropes, daisy chained and ready to be processed.

So, over the last 4 months, we have dyed 360 fifty-foot ropes in a spectrum of 20 different colors. Our Procion MX dyes and related chemicals were sponsored by Jacquard Products and Dharma Trading Company. After the ropes were dry, they were treated with fire-retardant to perform to “Class A” fire standards.

Each dyed and fire-retarded rope has labels attached to either end. One label corresponds to the end that will be tied up into the clerestory window twenty feet off the ground. The label at the opposite end corresponds to the hook number that it will be tied to.

This week, we brought the warm ropes to the airport, processed them, put them in order, and tied them to the attachment hardware to be hoisted overhead next week. Once they are all attached to the clerestory windowsill above, the scaffolding will be dismantled and erected on the “cool” side.

Ropes, tied to the attachment system, ready to be hoisted up.

Ropes, tied to the attachment system, ready to be hoisted up.

All in all, I expect this installation to take approximately three weeks, so if you are traveling through LAX anytime before the end of the month, take a break, come to Terminal 3 and say hello! We are here from 11am until 5pm every week day.