David Griggs Ft. Lauderdale Terrazzo Floor Closeup

Rainbow’s End, 2015

Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

A site-responsive terrazzo floor design for an Airport terminal.

Project Description

A collaboration with artist Scott Parsons, this design encompasses 80,000 sq. feet of terrazzo flooring in the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. It reflects the vastness, beauty and complexity of the environments of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and South Florida. The region is defined by the flow of water between the freshwater of the Everglades and the saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean. This environmental diversity includes the ocean, coastline, tide pools, marshes, beaches, everglades, and sky. As airline passengers encounter the floor, a sense of mystery is enhanced through scale and abstraction. In one area a school of hammerhead sharks pass silently through a cloud of dark blue waters, provoking a sense of beauty and the unknown. Starfish and stars appear together in reference to John Steinbeck’s writings from the Sea of Cortez. “Rainbow’s End” tells a story of humanity and a story of a great journey, with the environmental variety of South Florida at the heart of the story.