Lauren O'Neill's project depicts the beauty and complexity that air traffic controllers have to work with.

Lauren O’Neill is graphic designer and art director who has been fascinated with airports for as long as she can remember, so much so that they recently became the subject of a project of hers called Holding Pattern. The Tumblr blog is a collection of satellite images taken from Google Maps that demonstrate both the complexity of an airport’s layout, and how much they can change from one regional hub to another.

There’s something about the comings and goings, the organization and operation, the… I can’t quite put my finger on it… that’s so intriguing to me. Day-to-day, I glance out my window and watch planes circle about waiting to land. Whether DCA, JFK, or the little local airport, I’ve always lived in a direct flight pattern of an airport.

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