LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12683 posts, RR: 13 Posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3738 times:
I would like to know more about art/artworks inside, part of and adjacent to airport terminals.
Examples: murals on the walls of the Marine Terminal at LGA, the Calder mobile that used to be at (and I presume still is at) the International Terminal at JFK, sculptures inside or adjacent to airport terminals, mosaics, paintings or unique artistic architectural features like windows I believe were part of the former AA Terminal at JFK.
I am not including entire structures like the Sarasan designed former TWA terminal at JFK.
Many airports and terminals were often had art works in them to add to their appearance, bring out culture or history of their locations, or as public buildings there may be requirements to have artworks as part of their construction. So come up with some examples.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23208 posts, RR: 23 Reply 1, posted (10 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3657 times:
When the terminal building at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) opened in1963 (the airport itself opened in 1960 using temporary terminal facilities in a hangar), it included a large abstract mural (about 18 ft. x 35 ft.) in the central part of the terminal by noted Canadian artist Jack Shadbolt, called "Bush Pilot in Northern Sky", in recognition of Edmonton's long history as the major gateway to Canada's North and the many famous bush pilots based there who operated those services in the early days.
avion660 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 201 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3540 times:
Canada sees to be very well represented!
I was amazed at how beautiful the arrivals and departure areas are at YVR: on arrival the totem poles and lovely waterfall, and elsewhere the jade canoe and bird art all over the place. Just google Vancouver airport art. YVR gets my vote as the most striking and memorable art collection in an airport.
Nice summary here: http://creativeroots.org/2009/05/vancouver-airport-art/
dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1409 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3535 times:
Tampa, a generally attractive airport in every sense, has some 1930's aviation themed pictures that were moved there after some years in storage. Some hang over the TSA search area. If I recall correctly MSP also has/had some . ORD T5 International has a (changing?) selection of art and photo exhibits. Just as well, as it remarkably free of any amenities to distract you. SFO has a good selection of art.
Dublin Airport used to have annual art exhibitions, both airside and groundside, and a few of the works from those still survive but many, especially those on the approach roads have vanished since the extensive buidling works for T2.
zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5117 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3510 times:
Nothing says welcome like the artwork at DEN. I've never been but being a regular listener of Coast to Coat AM there are plenty of tales and conspiracy theories surrounding this odd facility. For example Funded by the New World Airport Commission. Besides spotting that we A-Netters are known for it's a conspiracy theorist's spotters wet dream.
This gargoyle/demonic creep show popping out of this Samsonite makes a very good case for charging passengers hefty bag fees to check their baggage!
I'll take our stained glass crustacean at BWI located above the ticketing stations for WN / FL.
26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 749 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3179 times:
Hope this isn't too far off track but SFO has several exhibits throughout the terminals. Very interesting and often focus on the history of technology and design...often with a local flare. Others are more "artsy". The exhibits change from time to time and are a great way to amuse one's self.
SCQ83 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 566 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3162 times:
Quoting zippyjet (Reply 6): Nothing says welcome like the artwork at DEN. I've never been but being a regular listener of Coast to Coat AM there are plenty of tales and conspiracy theories surrounding this odd facility. For example Funded by the New World Airport Commission. Besides spotting that we A-Netters are known for it's a conspiracy theorist's spotters wet dream.
DEN is what exactly came to my mind when I was reading the title of the thread. Do not forget either the two sculptures on the motorway approach to Denver.
elbandgeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 740 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3152 times:
I don't remember the name of it so I can't look up a picture but there's a large mobile overhanging in the main terminal at MDW right before the bridge that is made up of hundreds of small plastic planes. They hang from strings and form the 3D image of a bird and its shadow.
Tobias2702 From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 669 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3102 times:
Well, I can only hope that they won't be all dusted and decomposed once it opens, but there are several pieces of modern art throughout the BER terminal, most notably a red canopy-like thing dangling from the ceiling in the check-in hall, and something that looks like of chain of paper lanterns wrapped around an air bridge.
atlengineer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 79 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2962 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Thread starter): I would like to know more about art/artworks inside, part of and adjacent to airport terminals.
If you are into African art, there is a very interesting African art/sculpture display at ATL along the walkway from the Main Terminal to Concourse A. Instead of taking the plane train to Concourse A, take the walkway. Worth looking at.
atlengineer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 79 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2939 times:
Quoting atlengineer (Reply 16): If you are into African art, there is a very interesting African art/sculpture display at ATL along the walkway from the Main Terminal to Concourse A. Instead of taking the plane train to Concourse A, take the walkway. Worth looking at.
And if you consider "ants" art, there are the large ants on the ceiling of the south Main Terminal, and then the dinosaurs in the Rountunda.
Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 895 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2902 times:
The new Terminal B at SMF include lots of really interesting art, including a giant red rabbit suspended from the ceiling, tile mosaics in the floor, and my favorite is a piece called "The Baggage Handlers" that when viewed up close just looks like blocks of wood set into the wall at varying depths, but from a distance looks like quite detailed portraits of people's faces. As you might guess from the name, the faces are of actual baggage handlers the artist photographed before creating the piece. It's really amazing to see in person.
cargolex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1240 posts, RR: 8 Reply 20, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2879 times:
Not "art" in the conventional sense, but ROC currently features a displaced local landmark, the clock of nations.
This 18-foot-tall clock was a whimsical design to entertain children at Rochester's first downtown mall, midtown plaza, and was designed in 1962. It's very international style and sixties contemporary. When Midtown plaza was demolished for new office spaces, the clock was restored and moved to the central area of ROC's terminal, just past security. It shares the space with a trio of airplanes suspended from the ceiling and a replica of ROC's first control tower from the 1920s.
The clock has twelve rotating cylinders dedicated to twelve "nations" (one of the "nations" is Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory and not a country...). Every half hour, the cylinders all rotate in unison around the center of the clock, and each one opens revealing animatronic puppetry scenes depicting cultural life or historical scenes in the country described (viewed through the prism of 1962..). Ireland, Israel, Italy, Puerto Rico, Japan, Nigeria, Scotland, Thailand, the United States, Germany, Canada and Poland are represented. Why those? That's a mystery lost to the ages. Towards the top of the clock, five bluebirds rotate around the central structure while the cylinders open and rotate. When finished, the cylinders close up again to hide their contents, with the flags of each country painted on the outside.
I actually took some photos of this not long ago, and will soon try to edit one for the DB. Never done a terminal shot before though.
The clock is due to be moved to the Golisano Children's Hospital sometime soon, so it won't feature in the airport anymore.
Not Joan Miro, but it's a historical relic and I like things like that.
Even before the sculpture was installed, FWA was committed to the arts. FWA has an "Art in the Airport" program where paintings and photographs from local artists are placed in two galleries: one near the Eagle ticket counter and another called Gallery 5-23 (named after an FWA runway) near Gate 5 next to the airport museum. FWA does not charge artists to display their work in the galleries, and the artists can sell the works after display if they want as well. Most of the works in the galleries (which change regularly) are photography, though paintings and other mediums have been displayed as well.
Also of note, while not art in a traditional form, is an after-hours cookie kiosk made of old suitcases (designed and built by FWA ad agency of record Asher Agency) located before leaving the sterile zone. This was placed because FWA gives out free sugar cookies to arriving passengers; prior to the installation, cookies were only given out during certain hours, missing the late-night arrivals.
I don't work for FWA, their tenants, or their ad agency. But I still love FWA.
ONT2CGI From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 120 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (10 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2506 times:
ALB has several Art installations. The one I'm most partial I call the 'Shaker ERJ'. The Airport Grounds were originally the Headquarters for the Shakers, a religious sect know for their Furniture. The piece is 52 Shaker Chairs, plus a service cart.
DEN has the largest collection of art and exhibits in one place than anywhere else in the State of Colorado. I'm still uncertain if this is really a good thing or a bad thing?
At any rate, of all of the art at all of the airports around the world, and including what one may think of it here, or what a consensus on it may be, I do think (and maybe a lot of us can agree on this point) that the DEN art probably creates the most noise about itself. And if so, and since this is art, I do consider that good thing.
capitalflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 297 posts, RR: 0 Reply 27, posted (10 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2474 times:
DCA has a gallery walk in the walkway from A to B, close to the old historic lobby. Usually the exhibits are multicultural in nature. A few months ago they had West African art on display, right now its Latin American.
It's nice, but unfortunately in a part of the airport that few walk through.
EWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 396 posts, RR: 0 Reply 28, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
Quoting elbandgeek (Reply 13): I don't remember the name of it so I can't look up a picture but there's a large mobile overhanging in the main terminal at MDW right before the bridge that is made up of hundreds of small plastic planes. They hang from strings and form the 3D image of a bird and its shadow.
It's a 3-dimensional representation of Lake Michigan! Also, in the connecting walkway from the CTA L station to the MDW terminal there are photographs and paintings created by local students and local cultural institutions that are worth taking a look at.
EWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 396 posts, RR: 0 Reply 29, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
The 1935 Administration Building (a.k.a. terminal) at EWR had murals painted by Aschile Gorky. They were in a style reminiscent of Picasso. During WW 2 when the AAF took over the airport, the murals were covered in whitewash and forgotten until sometime in the 1970s. They were restored, but I don't know their current location. The building itself was moved, I believe when 4L-22R was being extended.
Not so much historical significance but, many believe in a New World Order of ruling elites that want to create a one world government. And these graphic and creepy works of art are their ideals of things to unfold in the future and become their tableaux of history. Like the Burger King commercials of old. Have it your way. And this so called shadow group would be the controller and this would be having it their way. You can learn more about this at: http://www.infowars.com http://www.coasttocoastam.com http://www.snopes.com
Research it for yourself and develop your own opinions/conclusions.
Though this indeed is art. At a major airport? Not quite welcoming to say the least especially with the rich beauty of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado.
Only thing creepier and crass would be artwork depicting airline disaster images, and aircraft wreckage.
fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3691 posts, RR: 29 Reply 34, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2064 times:
British Airways has a fairly significant collection of artwork, a lot of which is displayed in their lounges.
Troika "Cloud" on the escalators to the South lounge complex in Terminal 5. The little discs flip over. The "Clock" is also a huge wall between two of the lounges.
Their IAD First dining room has Becher photographs which happened to be one of my wife's favourites long before we saw them in the lounge there. They also have a lot of vintage BOAC/BEA posters, as do many of the other BA Galleries lounges.
They also have plenty of artwork scattered about their lounges, much of it has little plaques/information cards underneath as if it were an art gallery! There are a few quirky things like the horse lamps in the LHR Concorde Room!
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kdonohue From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 372 posts, RR: 0 Reply 35, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2023 times:
As someone mentioned YVR has a large collection of art, most of it local First Nations (aboriginal). I wrote a piece on YVR's art for Airways magazine a few years ago. Here's a link to the piece (other articles are also here as well, if interested).
since Bluecifer turns 5 years old on February 11th, the City can now start accepting bids to replace this sculpture. Down on the bottom of the article is an internet voting box, and I voted to keep the piece, and the numbers are 48% to keep, 41% to get rid of it, and 11% undecided.
Stay tuned for the continuing saga of Bluecifer........
infinit From Singapore, joined Jul 2008, 400 posts, RR: 0 Reply 40, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1511 times:
Quoting point2point (Reply 37): It seems that Bluecifer, the controversial blue mustang with the fiery evil orange eyes that has menaced those both arriving and departing DEN, may have its days numbered.
Good thing for that! I read about how this sculpture killed its creator. It fell on him
The team at DEN really know how to get people talking though, great PR!