Harmonic Runway
Miami International Airport’s

hr2Harmonic Runway was an interactive sound and light environment that extended along the Miami International Airport’s 180 foot-long moving walkway, and was composed of 132 sheets of colored glass. The project’s melodic sound score, activated by strategically placed photo-electric cells, and triggered by the passing movements of travelers, was in harmony with the sounds of the natural environments of South Florida. Moving through the zones of color, the sounds of music, crickets, frogs, or a flock of birds flying over the Everglades could be heard. The forms and phenomena of the piece attempted to reveal an essence, an “abstraction,” of South Florida, through color and sound.

Harmonic Runway was commissioned by Metro-Dade Art in Public Places Trust for the Dade County Aviation Department.


Project credits:
Miami Art in Public Places Trust, DCAD, Spillis, Candela and Partners, Belden Wire and Cable, Kelly Benson Electric, American Tile, Floral Glass, Glass Products, University of Florida, Tracomen Lighting, Strata, Daystar Digital, Miami Stagecraft, Power and Light, Weidlinger Associates, The Glass Boys

Photo credit: ©T. Delbeck, 1995

Project sponsors:
Apple Computer Latin America/Caribbean; Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dow Corning Corporation/Building Materials Industry; Monsanto Company/Saflex Division; Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley, USHIO Corporation.