Project Description

We’ve got to cross this great big world somehow

Date: 2016-2018
Location: Los Angeles Airport, Terminal 3, Los Angeles, CA
Commissioning Agent: Los Angeles World Airports, Department of Cultural Affairs, and The City of Los Angeles
Medium: Hand-dyed, 100% cotton, fire-retarded ropes, wood, paint, hardware
Size: 103 x 30.8 x 28 feet / 31.4 x 9.4 x 8.5 meters

Comprised of 21,000 linear feet (6400 meters) of custom dyed, 100% cotton, USA made rope. In accordance with Class A standards, all ropes were sprayed with fire retardant prior to installation. As commissioned, the installation features a diptych of twin alcoves on either side of pedestrian walkways; 360 ropes fan outwards from the upper clerestory windows to form three “X” shapes referencing the phrase “X marks the spot”; or in this case, the arrival or departure point of the travelers. This work celebrates aviation’s increased accessibility to the general public and our ability to reach more destinations than ever before.

How to see this artwork without a plane ticket:
– Walking up: Go to ticketing level of Terminal 3, TSA entrance to all gates. Go up stairway / elevator one floor, look toward TSA checkpoint, the artwork will be on both sides of the pedestrian walkway.
– Arriving by car: Park on level 4 of P4 – walk over on pedestrian bridge, continue straight. Head toward the artwork, asking the TSA agents if you can take a closer look at the artwork.

While viewing the artwork, please be respectful of travelers, LAX employees, and TSA Agents.
Thank you!

Photography by Panic Studio LA