High Wire - Michael Fajans

High Wire - Michael Fajans

A series of images depicting a magician performing a magic act that begins in one place and ends at another – much like flying!

Where is it?

Concourse D

Mid-way down Concourse D by Gate D-3 and Sports Page Pub, you will find the 180-foot painting.

About the Art

Fajans' mural reveals different stages of a vaudeville magic act with eleven sequential depictions of the magician and his assistant. Their trick involves an empty magic box, out of which a figure eventually appears; or, if viewed in the opposite direction, a figure is seen to disappear from the magic box.

"Travelers [having flown by plane] retain, for a short time, the aura of having done something superhuman. The traveler has defied the intuitive laws of time, biology, and physics. He or she has moved, for want of a better term, magically." – Michael Fajans

The Details


Michael Fajans




Mural (acrylic on board)


180' wide x 7' high

Did you know?

In addition to his passion for the visual arts, his motorcycle, and dance, Michael Fajans was an avid volleyball player and coach.

About the Artist

Michael Fajans' work is so realistic that, at first, many believe it is a photograph. The process of creating these hyper-realistic depictions is a difficult one and requires countless layers of airbrushed paint to produce varying degrees of shadows and textures.

Short Bio

An early interest in experimental theatre led Fajans, while an undergraduate at Antioch College, to pursue his interests in dance, multi-disciplinary performance art, and film.

A series of six painted murals on building façades in Ohio was Fajans' inaugural public art commission in 1973. He moved to Seattle four years later and created some of the most entrancing public art in the region. Fajans produced over fifty large figural paintings that range from governmental portraiture to fleeting moments of human psychology and interdependence.

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At the Airport

Fajans' background in performance arts provides themes of linear narrative and drama to his artwork. Similarly, Robert Rauschenberg used his knowledge of dance, theatre, and music to heighten the interaction that occurs around his Abstract Expressionist pieces. You can view an example of Rauschenberg's artwork at the Sea-Tac Airport, and while you wait for your plane, decide how large of a factor performance played in these two artists' lives. Follow the STQRY link below to see Rauschenberg's Star Quarters I-IV.