Because the central atrium is located past the airport's security checkpoint, I storyboarded to recall memories and feelings of movement while enroute through the space. The central atrium is the convergence point for all visitors and workers entering, exiting and moving about the airside terminal of PIT. We drew comparisons between this movement of people to the flow of Pittsburgh's three iconic rivers.
We chose colors that were gentle to the eyes and harmonized with the atrium’s existing blue, white and red interior. To mimic the irregularity of a river’s flow, we added moments of color change and motion to the animation’s slow and steady pace.
We designed rows of thin individual housing for every strand of addressable LED. Spaced evenly across the ceiling, the changes in their individual curvatures accumulate to a static representation of shifting waves. We found that the best location for our installation would be on the ceiling of the atrium between its two main trusses. The vertical alignment of our installation follows the orientation of the atrium’s steel decking.