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Virginia Overton, Skylight Gems
LaGuardia Terminal C

Virginia Overton Studio

Transporting travelers before they even step on a plane, Virginia Overton’s “Skylight Gems” is an artwork that re-envisions an iconic piece of the historic architectural vernacular of New York City.


New Project was engaged by the artist to provide art fabrication and installation support services to create a constellation of “gems” for the 4-story western atrium within the new $4 billion Delta Air Lines Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport. Virginia Overton conceived of the permanent installation as a series of 12 gems to be suspended across 3 levels of the atrium. Known for her incorporation of salvaged industrial materials into her work, multiple existing skylights were integrated with newly fabricated skylight structures to create each custom sculptural structure, ranging in size from 80.5” x 40” to 24” x 24.”


Glowing jewels against the backdrop of the skyline, the work was commissioned by Queens Museum on behalf of Delta Airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as part of LGA's massive transportation infrastructure redevelopment project.

Select images courtesy Queens Museum

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