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Does PIT Airport need a robot repair shop?

A kickstarter crowd funding campaign is underway to bring a robot repair shop to Pittsburgh International Airport.

PIT Robot logo

It’s not to help out all the PIT passengers who break their robots in transit. It’s to give a new home to a popular public art installation that was once in downtown Pittsburgh.

Toby Atticus Fraley’s original Robot Repair Shop was an 18-month art pop-up shop that depicted a fictitious business described as looking as if the owners left for vacation, “leaving robots in various stages of repair, including one peering through the store windows longing for life in the outside world.”


If funding to reconstitute the Robot Repair Shop is secured, the new installation will look much like original shop but will be three times the size and located at the airport on Concourse A near Southwest Airlines gate A15.

Want to help bring this odd, charming art project to PIT?

Visit the Robot Repair Shop website and kick in a few bucks to help the ‘shop’ open by September 2015. Thank-you gifts for pledges include logo stickers, note cards, branded pencils, buttons, t-shirts, a cool pilot-like metal wings pin, coffee mugs, a special edition Viewmaster and more robot repair-themed stuff.

Monsters move in to SFO Airport


The newest offering from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport is an exhibition about monsters.

Not the kind that live under the bed, but the monsters made famous by Universal Pictures, which pretty much invented the monster movie genre in 1923 with the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney in 1925.

Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi in the first talking vampire movie, followed in 1931, and within a year, fans were being frightened by Frankenstein, which was inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel. Later came The Mummy and a series of mummy movies, The Werewolf of London (1935) and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Revenge of the Creature prop head  c. 1955_courtesy SFO Museum

One big fan of monster memorabilia is Metallica’s Kirk Hammett,
and its part of his collection of monster movie props, original artwork, themed novelty toys and other creature collectibles that are on display in SFO Terminal 2 through November 2015.

Some of Hammett’s custom-made monster guitars are on display too.

Guitars_Custom Monster_from the Kirk Hammett Collection_ courtesy SFO Museum

(Photos courtesy of SFO Museum)

Fresh art at Miami International Airport

MIA Latin America2

Miami International Airport and Agencia EFE, the world’s largest Spanish-language news agency, are presenting an exhibition of 30 images by EFE photographers from the last decade titled Latin America: Celebrating the Joy of Life (Latinoamérica: Fiestas Populares, Tradición y Fiestas).

The exhibition, located pre-security on the departures level between MIA’s North and Central terminals, celebrates and honors the history and folklore of Central and South American countries through their popular festivals or fiestas, such as carnival season and the Day of the Dead.


MIA has also just kicked off Forging Aluminum, an exhibition of aluminum sculptures by Miami artist R.F. Buckley.

The exhibit is on display in MIA’s Central Terminal Gallery (just past the Concourse E security checkpoint) and, according to the artist, the work “explores aluminum’s representational capabilities, most particularly through their highly wrought surfaces which replicate the textural nuances of draped materials.”


Greetings from: Tokyo Narita Airport

narita origami chicks_edited

Technically, it is a shop selling gift boxes of Japanese confections. But the Nippon Origami Museum in Terminal 1 at Tokyo’s Narita Airport devotes most of its space displays of creative, offbeat and surprising examples of origami.

Here are a few more samples spotted on a short middle-of-the-night layover:

Narita origami dolls

Narita Origami Flowers

The Origami Museum shop is just down the hall from Narita’s Kabuki Gate, which features mannequins dressed in Kabuki costumes, music and craft items associated with Kabuki performances and an interactive media station where you can email an image of your face in a Kabuki mask.

Narita Kabuki

Dallas Love Field gets a piece of Dallas history

LOVE FIELD stained glass

The impressive art-collection at Dallas Love Field Airport gets larger with the addition of an important stained glass window rescued from the demolition of an East Dallas church in the summer of 2013.

According to the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the window is part of a historically-significant work by Dallas artist and teacher Octavio Medellin and was one of four installed in a local church in 1960.

The church was demolished to build a YMCA but the four of the blue and turquoise stained glass panels were restored and reconstructed.

Love Field Stained Glass original

Now one of the restored windows – the one that was in the bell tower – will have a home in four windows above the Ticketing Hall at Dallas Love Field. Installation begins this week and should be complete by mid-April.

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