(PRWEB) September 8, 2004
PennsylvaniaÂs world renowned mosaic artist and sculptor Charles Madden, has created the largest combined mosaic-terrazzo public art work in any airport in the world. Located on the main entrance floor of the new terminal building at Harrisburg International Airport, in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, the 60' by 40' design of 63,000 shimmering Venetian Glass mosaic chips have been combined with colorful star burst shapes of terrazzo creating a celebration of Pennsylvania history glowingly presented in MaddenÂs monumental Venetian Glass Mosaic.
ÂI truly enjoyed restating the beauty of our great State's coat of arms, with it's symbols of vision, hope and industry," says Philadelphia area artist Charles Madden, who lives in Maple Glen in Montgomery County. "The rearing glorious horses flanking wheat shapes, plough and sailing ship, under the resolute stance of the American Eagle, says it all. Pennsylvania is a state rich in accomplishment and dreams."
For his design, Madden sees his inspiration in the Amish countryside, in Lincoln's Gettysburg and William Penn's creation of "Penn's Woods"...or Pennsylvania as we now know it today. The qualities of human dignity and the bells of freedom ring out through the early colonial flag and todayÂs furling flag, along with Lincoln's and Penn's words. These are manifested in the symbols in MaddenÂs design.
ÂThe joy of seeing the Susquehanna River, the York Courthouse and the Stone Arched bridges of Harrisburg,Â adds Madden, Âgive quiet testimony to our other inner strengths, in a silent beauty that too must be represented and celebrated.Â
Madden formed his shapes and colors in the mosaic oven factories in Venice, Italy and formed his final minute mosaic glass shapes at his mosaic-stained glass studios in Maple Glen.
The Director of Aviation Fred Testa, Jr., the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA), and The Sheward Partnership, together are responsible for the new beautifully designed $250,000,000 airport. They all saw that and gave their support to the artist, Charles Madden, in making a grand celebratory work of public art for travelers, for Harrisburg and it's people.
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