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Passages 1, 2, 3, 4


Location: over roadway bridges between Terminals D and E at George Bush Intercontinental Airport


The concept of the etched glass design is to convey a pleasant sense of transition for the travelers who are the viewers of this installation.

Travelers should feel a gradual sense of flight before or after their travels.

Each bridge, titled Passages I, II, III, IV, has a different presence of space, conveying its own intimate statement of motion.

Passages 1, 2, 3, 4 by Bertram Samples and Leslie K. Elkins

The medium, glass, demonstrates the elements of air and flight. The glass’ luminosity places the traveler in the transitional space while journeying from one terminal to another.

About the Artists


Bertram Samples is a graduate of Texas Southern University and the University of Houston. He received a teaching fellowship at the University of Houston and was a core resident fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Glassell School of Art. Bert has been included in many exhibitions, both locally and nationally, including such venues as the Dallas Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Maryland Institute of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

He is represented in many private and public collections including the Art Car Museum, the collection of James Surls, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Sam Houston State University and Texas Southern University museums.

Leslie K. Elkins has experience in public art projects and a history of collaborations with other artists and architects. Her background in architecture greatly influences her work, which includes mostly installations, often outdoors.

Leslie is the recipient of several awards for her architectural collaborations and has received positive press in the New York Times, Cite, Houston Chronicle, Ft Worth Telegram, Art in America and Texas Architect.

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