Michael Hayden is a Canadian artist who is especially recognized for his artworks incorporating neon lighting. His best-known commission is Sky’s the Limit, at O’Hare International Airport. Other prominent commissions include Arc en Ciel which was formerly installed at Yorkdale subway station in Toronto, and Quadrille, which is installed on a building in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Hayden’s work is in the public collections of many museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Michael Hayden admits to being very interested in light. For more than three decades he has utilized and manipulated Light to be the most important and unifying constituent in all of his “Lumetric” Sculptures.
He has had the pleasure of creating architectonic scaled sculptures in light, for publicly accessible sites on this continent, Europe and Asia that are measured in hundreds of feet and multiples of tons.
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Hayden has collaborated with Architects, Interior Designers, Construction (Civil) Engineers, Landscape Architects, Electronic Engineers and Technicians, Composers, Poets, as well as other Artists. He has also interfaced with Clients, incorporating their particular aspirations and concerns to develop unique “Lumetric” Sculptures that are readily understandable to people from all walks of life.
Michael Hayden resides in Santa Rosa, California with his wife, Kristina Lucas (also a sculptor), and three of his children, Kit, Charys and Gaven + 2 birds & some fish.
Chicago O’Hare Airport’s “The Sky’s the Limit”
This fantastic art piece is a mile-long kinetic light sculpture composed of 466 neon tubes. The sculpture includes 23,600 square feet of mirror reflecting over one mile of neon. The sculpture is located in the tunnel connecting Concourses B & C of Terminal 1, after the security checkpoints. Creative Edge cut the glass and mirrors for this amazing project.
Location: Chicago O’Hare Airport
Materials: Materials: Glass, Mirrors, Neon
Artist’s Website: www.thinkinglightly.com