Opened to the public in June 2020, Terminal B was one of the largest infrastructure projects in the history of the airport. As part of the development, LaGuardia Gateway Partners in partnership with Public Art Fund commissioned four artworks for the Arrivals and Departures Hall. The permanent site-specific works each have a “lightness of being” that interacts with the natural light and fluid space of the terminal, each work adapting to the space’s architecture. These four works join (at least) two others in Terminal B inviting travelers to feel like a part of the city’s skyscrapers and culture.
Jeppe Hein, All Your Wishes
Danish artist Jeppe Hein created an installation called All Your Wishes that includes 70 mirror balloons made of stainless steel. The balloons, which are many different colors, appear to be released into the air and float to the ceiling. The balloons are located near shops, restaurants, and passageways. Also included in the installation is a set of three powder-coated aluminum benches painted red that “curve, loop, and twist to form an irresistible invitation to spontaneous expression and social connection,” according to LaGuardia’s website. Hein called these “Modified Social Benches.”
Hein specializes in interactive sculptures drawing from elements of minimalism and conceptual art. After spending time at Alexander Calder’s French studio, he created a set of Modified Social Benches at a park in Cadiz, Spain. Hein has had solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1 and Long Island City‘s Sculpture Center.