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Parking Plaza Public Art Wins Major International Merit Award

Mark Reigelman’s ‘Formation’ selected from among 426 applicants

Thursday, September 6, 2018

SAN DIEGO – September 6, 2018 – San Diego International Airport (SAN) has won an international design award for a unique piece of public art in the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza. Formation, created by artist Mark Reigelman, received Merit honors in the Transportation category for the sixth annual CODAawards: Collaboration of Design + Art.

SAN is one of only two airports worldwide to be named to the CODAawards winners list this year.

Formation punctuates the façade of the parking structure with vibrant colors and energetic patterns. As travelers exit the terminal, they are greeted by massive graphic tapestries. Upon closer inspection, travelers find that each of the three screens in the artwork are comprised of hundreds of individually-cast resin airplanes strung onto stainless steel aircraft cables. The work is uniquely site-specific, in that it weaves together the histories of aeronautical innovation in the region through the specific aircraft represented with the fiber arts traditions of indigenous peoples of the American Southwest.

“San Diego International Airport has a long-standing commitment to the thoughtful integration of public art into all of our facilities,” said Kim Becker, SAN’s President/CEO. “The art is intended to enhance the customer experience and we’re pleased that Formation – and our Arts Program – has received this well-deserved recognition.”

Reigelman worked with Demiurge LLC to fabricate and install the artwork with the support of Stratasys Ltd. 

“The CODAawards recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us,” said Toni Sikes, CEO of CODAworx, the hub of the commissioned art economy.

In its sixth year, the CODAawards received 426 entries from 30 countries around the globe, representing over $97 million in commissions. The merit winners exemplify the best of what can happen when artists and design professionals collaborate to create artful spaces in our built environment. 

A panel of 18 jurors from the design, architecture and art worlds judged the submissions. Jury members included Sherry Dobbin, Cultural Director of Futurecity; Mark Morton, Principal and Design Director of Gensler; Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator, Contemporary and Modern Art at High Museum of Art; Tucker Viemeister of Viemeister Industries; John Cary, Author of Design for Good; Reed J. McMillan, Leader, International Architecture + Design Network at Informa Exhibitions; Dan Menchions, Partner, II BY IV DESIGN.

The jury selected winners in each of the ten design categories. See the 2018 CODAawards Juror’s Comments. Their Top 100 selections were then exhibited online in early summer, where the public was invited to vote for their favorites.

CODAworx partnered with Interior Design magazine to announce the winners. The CODAawards is covered in the August 2018 issue of Interior Design magazine, on, and through 12 design + art partner organizations, reaching the largest, most qualified audience of design and art professionals in the world.

For images of Formation and other Parking Plaza art, click here.

Recent Public Art at San Diego International Airport:

Since May 2018, the Arts Program at San Diego International Airport has realized three new integrated public artworks, including Formation. The recently completed International Arrivals facility in Terminal 2 hosts two new permanent artworks: Paths Woven by Aaron T. Stephan, and Carry On by Hood Studio. Suspended within the meeter greeter lobby, Paths Woven is comprised of 25 gracefully spiraling wooden ladders made from maple and walnut. The piece reflects the airport as a site where thousands of individual journeys converge. Carry On, a 12-foot-tall and 300-foot-long glass art wall in baggage claim, displays hundreds of photographs of personal objects superimposed over abstracted X-rays of carry-on bags. The wall is a portrait of San Diego through the objects we carry, suggesting the myriad stories told by the contents of one's luggage. 

About the Arts Program:

In addition to public art, the San Diego International Airport Arts Program includes temporary exhibitions and performing arts components, aimed at engaging travelers and creating an ambiance unique to the culture of San Diego. For more information visit





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