Frances Hegarty - Point of View  - 1996

Public art installation with:
x2 rows of x9 encapsulated Colour Vista prints from digital originals
Each print 1005 x 4570 mm

Installed: Heathrow Airport Terminal 1, Pier 4A, for 1 year

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Frances Hegarty - Point of View - public art installation view 1996
Point of View - installation view, Heathrow to Dublin (departures) side
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Frances Hegarty - Point of View - public art installation view 1996
Point of View - installation view, Dublin to Heathrow (arrivals) side

For this work, Hegarty made photographs at Heathrow airport of eighteen air passengers travelling to or from Dublin. Large-format photographs of each subject "looking ahead" were anamorphically distorted before being printed at large scale for the installation.

For viewers on the Pier 4A travelators, the portraits appear optically correct at a distance. However, by the time the traveller gets close enough to read the name beside any given portrait, that subject's image has become grotesquely elongated: a contradictory dynamic between two kinds of "knowing" contingent on the movement of the transient viewer.

Project photographer: Bill Stephenson. Commissioned by the Public Art Development Trust, London.