Qantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4130 times:
Sick and tired of the same dry Zimbabwe crap that decks 10% of the T-E underground walkway by T. Been here forever, same music theme, driving me nuts; feels like I have a fever when I walk through this section and run in a hysteria just to avoid it. Yes I take the train to avoid this part.
Can't airport authorities do something and switch it up? Or at least get rid of the 10+yr display and make it moderatly crappy like the rest of the walk from A-E?
I mean come on, biggest hub, but biggest flop in appearance.
Make into into an Atlanta avaition museum walk. Show some eastern stuff and Delta's evolution from a southern hot female carier to a mega goliath.
Josh32121 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 337 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4072 times:
I agree wholeheartedly. Every time I decide to walk instead take the train from the terminal, I am reminded how dated that display is. Ironically, last time I was through there a couple of weeks ago, I actually saw some tourists getting their pictures taken with the exhibits...so weird. Apparently they haven't been to ATL in the last 15 years because it was still new to them. At least they finally got rid of that silly neon thing on the walls when you go down into the tunnel after security. Apparently the designer put up a big fuss about that, too. I always thought it was some random smattering of spare neon sign parts--not art. I admit, I kind of miss the color-coded maps and signs match the station colors era. Ah, the 80's!
srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17294 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3719 times:
Quoting MetJetCEO (Reply 4): "Next stop is Concours XXX, the color coded maps and signs correspond to the station colors. Please move from the center of the vehicle and away from the doors"
I miss the offspring of HAL and Darth Vader...... I remember going to ATL when the Midfield Complex first opened (I never got to go to the old terminal it replaced.) and to this day, that's what I remember from that day.
I definitely agree that they need to replace the Zimbabwe exhibit. I think that there should be nothing installed in the middle of the walkway (keeps traffic in that area moving), and that perhaps they should put historical photos of ATL up on the walls along the moving sidewalks (I'm sure the archives of the AJC and of Georgia State University have more than enough photos they could use.) and maybe hang some airplane models and signs from the ceilings. I do remember there being an aviation exhibit one time in the display cases that are/were(?) in the hallway between the main security checkpoint and the T-gates. It got replaced with some exhibit on modern design.
AAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 355 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3644 times:
The Zimbabwe exhibit is permanent art for ATL. Perhaps all those who would like to see it disappear can petition the new Aviation General Manager (whomever that ends up being) and have him/her make that the first task to tackle after coming onboard. Surely, it is of high enough importance to warrant immediate action..LOL..I think it's hilarious the things people nitpick over when it comes to travel and airports. There are other examples of art located throughout the airport which are rotating exhibits, fyi. I do like the idea, though, to have the stretch between each concourse be themed after different continents which are served nonstop from ATL, as the flights are so far reaching across the globe. For the amount of time it takes to pass through this particular less than 1,000 foot section of the Transportation Mall (and for which the vast majority of travelers take the APM anyway and never see this area), I can't quite understand the fuss. But, that's just me. Seems it's always what's wrong instead of what's right. It may be crap to you Qantas777, but it meant something to those artists which created the pieces and whomever decided to have the collection commissioned @ ATL way back in 2001. Lastly, as to the title of this thread, I don't think there's anything about the walkway that needs to be fixed. It serves its purpose, primarily when the APM is inop and passengers have to walk (which happened to me the last time I flew out of there..had to walk from Gate A2 to Conc C before they were functioning again, and was able to hop on for the ride out to Conc E..whew!). There are ways to freshen and improve it, sure, but it's not broken. Just my opinion.
Atlwest1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1046 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3364 times:
Seriously is the Exhibit that bad? I mean sure I think it should change but is it really worthy of such constrination? I see alot of people stop and look at it and read about the work and im there everyday? ive never heard anyone complain about that one. The one ive heard people complain about is the exhibits on concourse E when you come of the escalator. Ive never quite figured out why, but cest la vie.
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757luver From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 143 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3035 times:
You all make me want to walk over to D tomorrow just to see what you are talking about. I usually am in a rush or just to lazy to walk so I take the train. But I'll have about 5 hours to kill tomorrow so I think I'll walk for a change.
POZ2BRS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2762 times:
I flew ATL-LHR this Tuesday and I like the African art. I did not know it was from Zimbabwe but I was not paying too much attention when I was running to meet my connection. Yes it looks a little dated now but I prefer it to the plain white airports that can be found everywhere in the world.
Frostbite From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 394 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2696 times:
I've always loved the Zimbabwean stone sculptures and am pleased to hear that they are a permanent fixture in the transportation mall. I will grant that some new music would be good - there is so much good African music to choose from.
There's a lot of other exhibits around the airport. I dig most of them too. Some exhibits have come and gone that I would rather see there permanently - I recall an aviation-oriented exhibit upstairs on Concourse T that was really cool. Then it was replaced by what I would call a southern culture exhibit, with Allman Brothers Band memorabilia, for example. Way cool too, and very appropriate for ATL.
There are many, many linkages between African and southern culture that many people overlook. I will simply conclude that Atlanta has emerged as a leading U.S. gateway to Africa. This is something the city has sought for a long time. Given this, the city's history, and its large African-American population, I think it is very appropriate (and really a no brainer) that an African art exhibit takes up permanent residence at the terminal.
For the critics, bear in mind that relatively speaking, the pedestrian mall is not a very heavily traveled corridor at the airport. I'm sure there are a lot of seasoned ATL travelers who are still "discovering" this long-lived exhibit. Plus, it must have been a real pain to move all that stone - let it be!
Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2376 times:
T-A Indian American Art
A-B Rennaissance Art or perhaps an American History exhibit
B-C African Art
C-D Indian/Middle East Art
D-E East Asian Art
I agree, I'm sick of walking through those drab, unwelcoming tunnels. Obviously a DTW-esque fix is probably out of the question, but very little can be done to make a grand, positive difference.
Come to think of it, I can still remember "first" seeing the African exhibit when my grandmother was alive, probably 10-11 years ago. Whenever I think of it, the sculpture of a hand holding a families' heads comes to mind.
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