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Airport Sun Project

Dale Eldred - Airport Sun Project
Dale Eldred: Airport Sun Project
BNA Terminal Lobby
Dedicated: 1989

According to artist Dale Eldred (1933-1993), the Airport Sun Project is about the nature of physics and the nature of nature. It is a dramatic and vivid illustration of our relationship with the sun and the daily pattern of the earth's rotation.

Dedicated in 1989, the Airport Sun Project uses both the airport's unique architectural environment and Eldred's creativity and expertise to control the play of sun and shadow. To create the piece, Eldred installed light interference and transformation panels among the truss system and along the south wall of the ticketing level.

Nashville's Airport Sun Project was Eldred's first work in the Southeastern United States and his only airport project. In addition, Eldred was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship, a Ford Foundation Grant, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fellowship, two American Institute of Architects awards and a National Endowment for the Arts award.

Arts at the Airport receives funding for the visual arts from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). The Flying Solo Exhibition Series is funded under an agreement with TAC. For more information about Arts at the Airport, please call (615) 275-1614 or send email to