The Aurora

  • 350 x 216 x 180 in
  • Jen Lewin

The Aurora, the long-awaited signature artwork for MSP’s Terminal 1, is near completion and will soon be installed on the non-secure side of the terminal. The artwork, created by internationally-renowned artist Jen Lewin, represents the natural light phenomena that occur in the northern night sky during certain times of the year – often referred to as the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis.

The metal honeycombed structure, which will feature more than 8,000 LEDs encased in 2,667 hand-blown bulbs, is expected to be lifted into place in late October. The Aurora will be suspended between the ticketing and baggage levels through an oval opening in the floor.

Below The Aurora, nestled into the floor of the baggage level, the artist designed an 18-foot-wide interactive cluster of reflective glass platforms, loosely depicting public lakes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area including Lake Phalen, Lake Como, Lake Nokomis, and Lake of the Isles.

People standing on the lake platforms or moving within the lake floor will be able to trigger changes in the colors beneath their feet and at the same time trigger wisps of color changes in The Aurora.

Installation of The Aurora will continue through early 2021. To follow its progress, check back here or follow MSP Airport on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

About the Artist

Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned artist known for her large-scale, technology-driven artwork, including another interactive work, the Sidewalk Harp, in downtown Minneapolis.

  • Created: December 31, 2020
  • Current Location: MSP Terminal 1, Arrivals and Departures
  • Collections: Installations

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