I’ve been digging the art in airports thing, and on a recent whirlwind trip visiting friends and family, I saw something at Denver International Airport that really struck me: Brianna Martray’s “Shadow Happy” exhibit. First of all, this exhibit involves folded cranes—something I nursed an obsession with while at McMurdo Station, Antarctica earlier this year. And Martray’s 7,000 folded cranes happen to be made out of an abandoned book manuscript…something else I understand.
Martray’s exhibit is installed in DIA’s terminal A, so as you’re gliding by it on a moving sidewalk, the cranes cast shadows on the walls to which they’re pinned. They’ve been arranged in beautiful waves and flight patterns.
After Martray folded her abandoned book manuscript into the cranes, her computer and back up hard drive were stolen, so now all that exists of her novel is in these cranes, “the shadow of thousands of hours of work, the history of [her] creative journey, remnants of a former self.” Amazing, huh?
To see some gorgeous photos of this exhibit and more information about it on Brianna Martry’s website, click here.