The newly renovated International Terminal 5 at Chicago's O'Hare Airport features a dramatic entry wall and mezzanine mural commissioned by Westfield Group. The installation tells a story through three distinct chapters: "Gathering Together" upon approach to the security checkpoint, "Our City" down the entry corridor, and "Our World" above the central court area.
Thirst, led by John Pobojewski, imagined a unique statement that is at once visual tapestry and guidepost. The composition guides traffic to the right into the security queue with kinetic motion while surprising and delighting visitors with a reminder of where they've been and where they are going.
The color palette for the entry wall is taken from a NASA satellite image of Chicago at night: everything is a glow in tans, browns, and golds.
The underlying grid for the entry wall is based on Chicago’s primary street grid.
Data artist Aaron Koblin visualized real-time FAA data of flights from different regions around the world, which helped mark a seminal moment in "data as design."
As artists, we were inspired by how the map of the world can be recognized simply by tracing a straight line between every airport on the planet.
We recognize ourselves through our connections.
Photography by Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing