Over 44 million passengers go through the Toronto airport each year, a startling number that exceeds the population of Canada itself. This bustling gateway to the world recently revamped its signage in a big way. A new sculpture inspired by Ontario’s floral emblem, the trillium, stands 35 ft. (10.5 meters) tall in Terminal 1. But to frequent travelers and locals, it’s simply “the flower.”
The flower sculpture is the combined work of NanoLumens, manufacturer of flexible LED displays, designers at ICON Media (Toronto) and a local architectural firm, Eventscape. This innovative art piece appeals to travelers and first-time visitors to the city. Toronto Pearson is just one of several international airports that are reviving signage in a vibrant, attractive manner.
The sculpture uses custom-shaped flower “petals” with built-in flexible displays employing NanoLumens’ flexible pixel technology. Each 6 x 12-ft. (1.8 x 3.7-meter) display matches the curvature of the petal. The sculpture designers chose DuPont Corian for its translucence and its nuanced look when lit by color LEDs.