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McCarran International Terminal, Las Vegas, NV


The suspended sculpture in the international terminal is located at the intersection of two concourses and was created to provide a visual identity for the intersection. The theme of the work was based on the Greek myth of Daedalus, the inspired architect who designed the labyrinth to contain the Minotaur who threatened the residents of Crete. He and his son Icarus were later held prisoners in the labyrinth. Realizing that the only way to escape was to fly up and out of the maze, Daedalus built wings of wax for himself and his son. Before taking to the air, the father cautioned his son to fly safely, close to sea level, or else the sun would melt his wings. But Icarus, fascinated by the magic of flight, did not heed his father's advice and perished, while Daedalus managed to reach his destination safely. Daedalus, or DÃedale, therefore, became the original symbol of aviation safety, demonstrating how, with prudence and foresight, men maintain control of their inventions and of themselves.

The work is composed of dichroic glass, aluminum tubes and stainless steel cables.


Tate, Snyder, Kimsey, Architect :

Windom Kimsen, Project Architect/Designer

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