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Fresh art at Chicago’s O’Hare Int’l Airport

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There’s a new art installation called “City Windows” at O’Hare International Airport that covers 15 windows and was created in traditional Chinese paper cut style. Look for it by Gate B19.

Created by artist Qiao Xiaoguang, Director of the Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Research Center at the Central Academy for Fine Arts in Beijing, the artwork depicts historic and contemporary landmarks in Chicago, such as the Navy Pier and the Willis Tower, and the Forbidden City and CCTV Tower in Beijing.

Fresh art at San Francisco Int’l Airport

The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport, which is currently hosting exhibitions on everything from airline amenity kits and advertising icons to the art of Louis C. Tiffany has kicked off a new show with works by four artists whose work spans the five-decade history of studio glassmaking.

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Maple Axis 2008 Elin Christopherson Courtesy of the SFO Museum and artist -

The exhibit is in Terminal 2 through May 2015 and includes work by Marvin Lipofsky, Richard (Dick) Marquis, John Lewis and Elin Christopherson, whose work is above.

If you’ve got some extra time at SFO, make your way to the airport’s Louis A Turpin Aviation Museum and Library, located inside the International Terminal lobby, where there’s an exhibit of airline luggage labels, bag tags and tickets from the collection through mid-December 2014.

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Courtesy Louis A Turpen Aviation Museum & Library

Greetings from Victoria, B.C.

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These flowers welcome travelers at B.C.’s Victoria International Airport. Courtesy of the airport.

Two airport firsts for me this weekend on a very short trip to Canada.

I took my first Kenmore Air seaplane ride from Seattle to Victoria, B.C. and I finally had a chance to visit Victoria International Airport.

I actually took two seaplane rides.

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The first flight from Seattle to Victoria had to turn around due to low visibility and return to Kenmore Air’s Lake Union base. While some passengers (there were five of us on board – plus one tiny dog) rushed off to find alternate transportation to Victoria, I considered myself lucky to have gotten a bonus scenic tour and settled in to wait for the next flight.

Clearing customs on arrival at the seaplane terminal in Victoria, B.C. was incredibly easy: just two Canada Border Services Agency employees in a shack on the dock asking each passenger if they had fruits and vegetables with them and if they’ve been near anyone with Ebola. The entire plane was processed in two minutes.

The  Victoria Seaplane Terminal is tiny, but packed with amenities that include free Wi-Fi and complimentary computer workstations, newspapers, coffee, fruit and morning pastries.

Then it was on to Victoria International Airport  (YYJ), about 30 minutes away, for a tour.

The airport serves about 1.5 million passengers a year and besides being on lovely Vancouver Island, it has a lot going for it. Here are snaps from my tour:

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Inside the terminal, the foliage is live and the color palette for the finishes draw inspiration from “At Beacon Hill Park,” a painting by the well-known Victoria artist Emily Carr.

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Spinnakers On the Fly, an airport outpost of a popular local gastropub, has 12 Spinnakers beers on tap, including one called, Departures,’ brewed just for the airport

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The gift shop sells lots of locally-made Roger’s Chocolates and a wide assortment of handmade gift items.

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In addition to a play area for kids, an art-filled indoor observation deck, pet relief areas, workstations and bike assembly stations with loaner tools, the airport has several water fountains with water bottle re-fill attachments and counters that keep track of how many plastic bottles are being kept out of landfills.

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Surrounding the airport is the Flight Path - an almost 6-mile biking and hiking path with informational signs about the landmarks and history of the area along the way such as Hospital Hill, once the site of medical facilities for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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An interactive map of the Flight Path includes the historical information listed on each sign along the path.

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Greetings from Dallas Love Field

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Dallas Love Field is getting ready for its big day.

For years, the Wright Amendment placed tight restrictions on the flight services allowed to operate from Love Field. Most of those rules will be lifted on October 13 and that means lots of new direct flights and added service from carriers such as Southwest Airlines and Virgin America – and lots more passengers having the opportunity to travel through the new and improved terminal, which is filled with some really great art.

Here are some snaps from my pre-party tour of Love Field.

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VIrgin America will operate two of the 20 gates at Love Field beginning on October 13

There’s still some drama over whether or not Delta Air Lines will get a space to operate at Love Field, but right now Southwest Airlines controls 16 of airport’s 20 gates, United has two gates and, starting October 13, Virgin America will have two gates.

The Love Field Art Program is already in place, with more than a dozen new and renewed works.

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World Map – 1959 -by Luighi “Tony” Flabiano. courtesy Love Field & Office of Cultural Affairs

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A detail from Sky – by Brower Hatcher & Marly Rogers. One of the art pieces at Love Field.

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The play area at Love Field will have floating clouds and more play structures by October 13.

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A Nursing Room is open – and waiting for some finishing touches as well.

Rock on at SFO Int’l Airport

Here’s another reason why it’s a good thing when you have a long time to spend at
San Francisco International Airport: the current exhibition of music posters from the late 1960s.

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Grateful Dead January 24–26, 1969 Artist: Rick Griffin. Courtesy of Mark Rodriguez -

The posters on view hail from San Francisco from 1966 to 1971, when very cool and now collectible graphic art was produced and printed on handbills and flyers to promote concerts put on by the likes of Bill Graham at the Fillmore and Chet Helms, leader of the Family Dog, which produced concerts at the Avalon Ballroom.

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Van Morrison October 20–22, 1967 Artist: Wes Wilson Courtesy of Ron Schaeffer -

Poster artists of the time took inspiration from such varied sources as Art Nouveau masters, advertising art, the art of of hot-rod car culture and, clearly, ‘trips’ they took to far off places.

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3th Floor Elevators (Zebra Man) September 30–October 1, 1966 Artists: Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco From the collection of Marilyn and Michael W. Lucas

The exhibit includes more than 150 posters, postcards, handbills tickets and other ephemera on loan from members of the Rock Poster Society and will be on display through March 2015 in the pre-security area of the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby at San Francisco International Airport.

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