Architecture | Commercial and Retail | Hartsfield Jackson |

Flight Paths

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport | Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport | 2016

‘Flight Paths’, an environmental installation designed by artist Steve Waldeck has been 13 years in the making.

What It Was

‘Flight Paths’, an environmental installation designed by artist Steve Waldeck has been 13 years in the making. Designed to give travelers a sense of walking through a forest, Flight Path features a simulated tree canopy, bird sounds, and lighting. It occupies an entire 450-foot long underground tunnel between Concourses A and B at the world’s busiest airport.

What We Did

Lightswitch was retained by system integrators ILC to provide programming services for the lighting and video, as well as created bespoke content for two large 4mm LED screens to feature realistic animations of native Georgia birds and animals. The intent of the screens was to create the sense of a ‘canopy to the sky’ with bird flight and slowly passing clouds. We worked closely with the artist Steve Waldeck, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s Department of Art, the team at ILC and general contractor SVI Themed Construction Solutions to manage everyone’s expectations and ensure all input was taken and included in the final product.

Why It Worked

Research, review, and planning ensured the video content was accurate and believable, and attention to detail resulted in a coherent, holistic experience for the viewer. Steve Waldeck conceived a brilliant design, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was bold to commission the piece that sure makes a difference in the hectic day of millions of travelers.