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Leopard Sky

Location: exterior roadways of Terminal E in the arrivals area at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Leopard Sky by Sheila Klein was installed in 2004. It is an environmental concept for a 50,000 square foot arrival roadway at George Bush Intercontinental Airport's Terminal E.

The roadway ceiling is leopard print rendered as architecture. A series of suspended panels create the dark spots seen in a leopards body pattern or textile print. The panels are arranged in an undulating fashion throughout the roadway.

Behind these panels painted on the ceiling is a painted super graphic of the remaining portion of the print. The suspended metal panels are sequined with 24 inch convex parking lot safety mirrors and matching round surface mounted lights.

Leopard Sky by Sheila Klein
Behind the leopard spot panels is painted the remaining print with shadows of the spots (yellow) and the mix of striations that complete the leopard print (Denim). Leopard Sky creates a dramatic transition environment that is an ever-changing instant replay of everything that is going on in the roadway.

About the Artist

Sheila Klein is an artist whose work cuts through the boundaries of sculpture, architecture, theatre, fashion, textile design, and installation. She has built a career out of jolting the urbane arena with visual wit and beauty. Since the 1980s, she has been involved in major, high profile art installations with a crossover to architecture and design.

Ms. Kline has exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally and has received numerous public art commissions from major cities including Portland, Seattle, and Houston.

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