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Elevator Core


Location: Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport


Elevator Core by Rachel Hecker is a redesign of the cladding of the Terminal B elevator core, creating an accordion lantern-shape to the elevators in stainless steel. Blue lighting referencing runway lights are used to further define this art.

About the Artist

“The artwork is integrated as a seamless component of the terminal upgrade… As an interior ‘first point of entry,’ the core is not only a vertical transport system, but a progression from a quiet, dark, carpeted, low-ceiling, below-grade spatial experience on the ITT level to the highly active, bright multi-functional, civic-scaled lobby….The design changes the profile of the elevator shaft, draws the eye upward and transforms the experience of moving up and into an attenuated space,” artist Rachel Hecker explains.

Elevator Core by Rachel Hecker

Hecker is an associate professor at the University of Houston’s Department of Art. She received a bachelor of fine arts from Moore College of Art and a master of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design. Hecker has numerous public commissions including the works 11-K at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas and Fill Every Pause at the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Galveston, Texas.

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