Figures and Patterns, Patterns and Figures by Darrell Anderson and Barb McKee

Figures and Patterns, Patterns and Figures by Darrell Anderson and Barb McKee

Denver-based artists Darrell Anderson and Barb McKee collaborated on this mosaic installation, entitled Figures and Patterns, Patterns and Figures, in Concourse A of the Denver International Airport.

Shown above, McKee contributed the grid for the floor, with images and patterns referencing Colorado, while Anderson [who, interestingly enough, served as Frontier Airline’s first male flight attendant] created the 8×8-foot squares which initially seem almost abstract:

Figures and Patterns, Patterns and Figures by Darrell Anderson and Barb McKee

Stepping back, you can see that McKee included words in her contribution, while Anderson’s panels are most definitely representational:

Figures and Patterns, Patterns and Figures by Darrell Anderson and Barb McKee

Ride the escalator upstairs, and everything comes together — the shapes are travelers viewed from above:

Figures and Patterns, Patterns and Figures by Darrell Anderson and Barb McKee

Figures and Patterns, Patterns and Figures by Darrell Anderson and Barb McKee

Figures and Patterns, Patterns and Figures, measuring 16,000 square feet, was installed in 1994.

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