LAX FAA Tower, Los Angeles, California, 1995
Stainless steel, rope, curtain wall, runway lights
150' x 75' x 25'
XX Marks the Spot is a piece about natural and technical locations. The natural is represented by the egg form of the El Segundo Blue, an endangered butterfly whose habitat is solely among the dunes west of the airport. The technical location is represented by the patterns used in air traffic control. The egg framework spans two floors of the Air Traffic Control Tower at Los Angeles International Airport, and is filled with 250 runway lights in the colors blue, red, yellow, and white. The computerized lighting program is a 60-second subliminal display that depicts a different image every second. Occasionally, the lights form an abstraction of the butterfly in blue lights. A 150’ “X” of twelve woven strands cascade from the fifteenth-floor balcony, landing on the base building. The double "XX" represents a diagram of flight patterns, as well as the mysterious "X" for LAX.

Partners: Department of Cultural Affairs, Federal Aviation Administration, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Ishler Design & Engineering Associates