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.

Special thanks to Jaquard Products and Dharma Trading Company for their sponsorship of this project.

Photography by Panic Studio LA

Watch a time-lapse video of the creation of this artwork below


Megan Geckler “We’ve got to cross this great big world somehow”, ©2016 from Megan Geckler on Vimeo.