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High Wire is a one-hundred-eighty-foot-long meditation on air travel and magic in Concourse D of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The mural shows different stages of a vaudeville performance with eleven different sequential depictions of a magician and his assistant. Their trick involves an empty magic box out of which a woman eventually appears or, if viewed in the opposite direction, a woman who disappears in a magic box. Always committed to integrating the preexisting architectural components with the meaning of his work, Fajans designed this mural about arrivals and departures for travelers to perceive in transit. He wrote of the work, “Its spatial extension is defined by the individual passing through it.” (click here to see entire mural in scrollable images.)




High Wire (detail)

High Wire (subsection)