Amy Ellingson’s new permanent installation at the San Francisco International Airport is a 109-foot mosaic located in United’s newly renovated Terminal 3 (designed by Gensler). Fabricated by Mosaika Art & Design in Montreal, Quebec, the mural took a team of 4 people about 8 weeks to install the 70,000 hand-cut, hand-glazed tiles.

“It’s big, bold and beautiful,” says Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “The vibrant pattern and color of Amy Ellingson’s mural as well as its commanding physical presence creates an immersive art experience in an unexpected location. It is exciting to commission a work of this scale for the airport, where people from all over the world will get to experience it.”

SFMOMA acquires 50 Variations

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Amy Ellingson’s 50 Variations by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art!

50 Variations is a series of fifty gouache works on paper based on a skeletal or ‘wire-frame’ version of the forms that comprise the vernacular of Ellingson's paintings. Produced in groups of ten, each group is relative to the previous, yet involves an increase in the manipulation and repetition of particular elements, emphasis on certain features and the preservation of formal details. Installed in a grid, they are meant to suggest a trickle-down effect of information—degrading, mutating and rebuilding over time.

Ellingson worked on this series from 2008 to 2011 in her San Francisco studio and at residencies at the Ucross Foundation and MacDowell Colony. 50 Variations was exhibited in One Thing Leads to Another: Seriality in Works on Paper at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, November 12, 2011 – February 25, 2012 and in Field Theories (solo exhibition) at Shoichiro/ProjeKcts by Projects, November 27, 2014 – January 7, 2015.

More about this work