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In Flight Public Art Mural on the North Runway's Jet Blast Deflector

Broward County, FL
Program Year: 2021

On October 1, 2019, the Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) unveiled In Flight, a new mural adorning a jet blast deflector on the North Runway (10R-28L) at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a unique yet fitting canvas for this striking artwork. BCAD partnered with the Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art and Design Program to commission the eye-catching mural as a colorful backdrop to the newly-opened and rehabilitated runway. Marine and wildlife artist Peter Agardy created the 445-foot long by 6-feet high mural on the corrugated metal panel of the jet blast deflector on the runway’s western approach end. The deflector provides protection from the exhaust blast as aircraft prepare for takeoff. BCAD seized an opportunity to turn the drab metal panel into a head-turning artwork for motorists on the adjacent roadway and travelers departing or arriving via the runway to enjoy.Agardy’s portrayal reflects flight in nature and its juxtaposition with modern air travel. Mural subjects include Florida’s iconic sailfish, a school of flying fish, an egret in flight, and city skylines. A boldly painted patriotic American flag and bald eagle imagery caps it off. The massive public artwork is believed to be the first-of-its-kind on a U.S. commercial airport's airfield.In Flight, fulfills BCAD’s goal of creating a head-turning piece of public art for travelers to enjoy in an unexpected and surprising location. Its depiction of Broward County’s popular fish and wildlife serves another key goal of BCAD, as a welcome beacon and introduction to the destination for passengers. It is undeniably a memorable FLL experience. Our decision to convert the jet blast deflector’s drab metal into a stunning piece of public art has paid off. In Flight, is an excellent example of how public art can be employed to visually transform essential yet run-of-the-mill infrastructure.

Ms. Arlene Satchell
Assistant Public Information Officer