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“Gateway of the World”
Miami International Airport

Miami, FL
2013 Honor Award Winner

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Terrazzo Contractor
David Allen Company
Raleigh, NC

This 32-ft-diameter globe with 6-ft-diameter moon in a recessed floor combine 16 colors with 16 different glass and marble aggregates. The only strips in this well-executed design are the aluminum divider strips used to form the circumferences of the earth and moon. The boundaries of the land masses are formed from precast terrazzo.  The land and the moon were poured and blended to create recognizable features. Details such as the Mississippi and Amazon rivers were cut using a Dremel tool and refilled with terrazzo resin. Sparkling with bits of mirror, depicting twinkling stars, the celestial curtain arcs upward to meet the black walls in an 18” cove base. This stunning terrazzo installation captures the attention of travelers with its beauty and realism.

 

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Architect:
McHarry Associates
Miami, FL

Designer/Artist:
Miami Dade Airport Authority
Miami, FL
Vickie Wilson
Garner, NC

General Contractor:
Parsons – Odebrecht, J.V.
Miami, FL

Owner: 
Miami Dade Airport Authority
Miami, FL

Resin Supplier:
Terrazzo & Marble Supply

Aggregate Suppliers:
Southern Aggregates
Terrazzo & Marble Supply

Divider Strips Supplier:
National Metal Shapes

Photographer:
David Laudadio