When Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) celebrated its open house to mark the opening of its new Terminal 2 on Oct. 11, 2008, it asked visitors to sign their names on sheets of paper.
That paper has turned into “Signature Art,” which features all of those signatures and is designed to show the community’s support of the new terminal, the first in nearly 20 years.
For the exhibit, which opened last week, each signature was electronically scanned and etched onto a piece of 6-by-4-foot piece of sea foam glass. Dunne Dittman, the artist, interpreted each signature to represent sparkling jewels. It is lit by LED lighting, and encased in a stand made of reclaimed ambrosia maple and walnut.
After the piece’s unveiling during RDU’s annual Customer Appreciation Day, it has been moved to its permanent home in the window front of the Heritage Room of the Terminal 2 ticketing lobby.
Dittman is the artist on another piece at the airport, “Earlier Flight.” The former Southwest Airlines employee’s art hangs in RDU’s parking garage atrium.