Rochester Public Art by Richard MargolisAn Inventory of Rochester NY's Landmark Sculpture, Monuments, and Memorials


Airborne Stabile by Susan Ferrari Rowley

Airborne Stabile
Location: Rochester International Airport
Rochester, NY (view Google map)
Material: Fabric & metal frame
Dated: 1995

Description: A kite-like hanging fabric sculpture

Caption: Characterized by a linear quality that defines and implies the organization of space, my sculptures are clean and minimal, creating complex emotional tension through the placement and absence of elements. Airborne Stabile exhibits these same characteristics-its shape, scale, coloration, transparency, and placement make it visually accessible to pedestrians as they transcend the structure. It becomes one with the space, working with the sky beyond the windows. The content is carefree, invoking the impression of flight.

"Rochester Public Art
The Monroe County Public Art Committee sponsored two competitions, in 1990 and 1991, to select seven works of art by Monroe County artists for the new Greater Rochester International Airport. The artists had been instructed to design works that consider a "sense of place," a reference to western New York's local history, industry, culture, and natural resources. Located on two airport levels and in the garage tower, the airport art welcomes people to the gateway of the community, highlighting the creative energy of regional artists.

Completed in 1995, the projects from the second competition were funded by generous donations from private individuals and businesses. A plaque listing all donors is situated on the second floor of the terminal near the western escalator.

Thanks are due to the Monroe County Public Art Committee members for sharing their expertise throughout the two competitions, to the donors who made the project possible and to the airport administration, whose cooperation throughout the project made the installation of the projects successful."
From the official Rochester International Airport web site:


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