What images are conjured up when you think of your ideal Zen moment? Your first thought might not be San Diego International Airport, but now, that opportunity welcomes and awaits you in Terminal 2 West.
“The Spirit of Silence,” also known as the “Reflection Room,” is located just beyond security in Terminal 2 West, and provides welcome respite to travelers looking for a reprieve from the hustle and bustle experienced within the terminals. The feeling upon entering the space is one of peace, calm, and serenity. (You can’t help but feel the need to whisper if traveling with a companion.) Light, translucency and surface combine to create a tranquil place for contemplation, meditation and prayer. Glass panels constructed in Germany present images of the reflective waters of San Diego Bay, the Star of India, and the beautiful skyline of downtown San Diego. Natural bamboo flooring connects you to the Earth.
The space opened to the public June 20, 2014, and is a permanent part of the airport’s Public Arts Program. The installation was designed by Seattle artist, Ms. Norie Sato, who worked in close collaboration with architects to integrate the space into the terminal expansion’s design. Ms. Sato’s work is a welcome addition to the airport’s Public Arts Program. Over the past 25 years, her public art installations have included transit and transportation facilities, libraries, universities, infrastructure, parks and other civic structures, as well as other airports.
Next time you’re here, make time to visit the Reflection Room during your visit to Terminal 2 West. Bring your yoga mat and practice your downward dog, squeeze in your daily meditation, or just take a break from the buzz of the terminals.