Frontal detail of the vertically laminated glass sculpture
Frontal detail of the vertically laminated glass sculpture

  • Migration: Glass sculpture, detail
  • Migration: Travelers observing the freestanding glass sculpture in the airport ticket lobby
  • Migration: Front, detail
  • Migration: Detail view of vertically laminated glass sculpture
  • Migration: Front, detail
  • Migration: Frontal detail of the vertically laminated glass sculpture
  • Migration: View from the escalator
  • Migration: Pre-installation viewing in studio

The escalators and stairs are located near the middle of the gracefully curved ticket lobby and seemed to require a focal point which would also allow visitors to orient themselves in the large space. To achieve this I placed a large three dimensional glass relief at the head of the escalaors and stairs.

The sculpture alludes to the much loved pristine outdoors of Alaska and the yearly miracle of salmon migrating. Photos of salmon taken in Katmai National Park were transformed into templates from custom programming in the 3-D software Autodesk Maya. These were then used to cut hundreds of strips of glass (up to 12" wide), and which were laminated vertically into a steel base for earthquake proofing.

Alaskan fishermen said enthusiastically that the glass relief shows excactly what salmon look like when they are pulled out of the water.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alaska
Lutz Haufschild
Laminated float glass, steel base, stainless steel, and LED lighting
Virtual Fabrication: 
Christian Karl Janssen, San Francisco Bay Area
RIM-AK Architects, James Dougerty & Stacey Hansen
Lighting Design: 
PDC, Inc. Electrical, Robert Posma, PE
Structural Engineering: 
Reid Middleton, Inc.
Dave Stierwalt, PE