Philadelphia artist Terrance Woolford is known for using recycled, trash-picked objects as a source of inspiration. He stated that his “attraction to second-hand materials comes from family members like my grandfather Clarence who worked for over 30 years as a sanitation engineer (trash man) and my uncle Ronnie who dumpster dives.” His impulse to create was cultivated by his mother Rhonda and grandmother Carmen who liked to draw but they never had the opportunity to pursue a career in the arts. Woolford’s artistic ambitions are a direct result of his family history.
Many of the objects in this installation were found rummaging through discarded items from the airport’s workspaces that include Building Maintenance, Electrical, Welding, and Sign shops. Other materials were collected from thrift stores.
Woolford created Love Awaits You to “enchant travelers landing at the airport and for loved ones who wait for their arrival.” He said, “the plane flying towards the big HRT encompasses that total experience.”