May 9, 2013
Four artist-designed terrazzo floors at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s PHX Sky Train have been named “2013 Job of the Year” by the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association (NTMA). The award was given to Advance Terrazzo, the Phoenix firm that produced the floors.
The Sky Train public art projects were selected from among 52 terrazzo projects nationwide. The terrazzo required more than 39,000 hours of skilled labor by workers from Advance Terrazzo.
The NTMA cited the distinct, large-scale works of public art for their “spectacular designs and graphics” and “intricate patterns and vibrant colors.” Designed by Arizona artists Anne Coe, Daniel Martin Diaz and Daniel Mayer, and former Arizonan Fausto Fernandez, they include the platform floors at the East Economy Lot, 44th Street and Terminal 4 Sky Train stations, and the pedestrian bridge that links Light Rail to the Sky Train at 44th Street. The artists worked closely with Advance Terrazzo and the Sky Train design and construction team of HOK, architects; Gannett Fleming, engineers; and the Hensel Phelps Construction Company to build the artworks as part of the Sky Train.
Phoenix’s award-winning projects and other NTMA 2013 merit winners can be viewed here: http://ntma.com/my-publishing2/book.swf.
The Sky Train’s terrazzo floors were commissioned through the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program with Aviation percent-for-art funds. The city’s Public Art Program and Aviation Department partnered over the past six years to integrate the terrazzo into the Sky Train stations.
For more information, call the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture at 602-262-4637.
Ed Lebow 602-495-0197
Rebecca Rothman 602-495-0893