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Giant cuckoo clock for Portland Int’l Airport

A giant chainsaw-carved cuckoo clock is helping to keep Portland, Oregon – and its airport – weird.

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A project of Travel Portland and created for a winter tourism campaign, this cuckoo clock is 24-feet-tall, nine-and-a-half-feet wide and weighs in at 7000 pounds, making it the largest freestanding cuckoo clock in the United States.

The impossible to ignore clock has taken up residence in the south atrium of Portland International Airport and is scheduled to be there through March, 2015.

The clock is fully functioning and is adorned with chainsaw carvings representing more than a dozen Portland icons and activities, including Sasquatch, Portlandia, Mt. Hood, beer and wine, roses and timber.

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The main carvings on the clock were all made from a single tree, an Oregon maple, and were all carved by chainsaw artist Chester Armstrong. And every hour on the hour a cuckoo (in this case, a chicken) and several other carved figures parade between two little doors that open at the top of the clock.

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In Miami and St. Louis: fresh art at the airport

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Nina Surel’s Aguizotes

The 2015 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, is underway through December 7 and Miami International Airport is doing its part by offering Sisterhood – a new series of portrait/landscape paintings by Miami-based Argentine artist Nina Surel that will remain on display through February 2015 in the Central Terminal Gallery, just beyond the Concourse E security checkpoint.

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Nina Surel: Damask

Surel begins with photography and painting and adds fabrics, buttons, jewelry, porcelain and resin on wood to create work that “asks us to look within, to investigate and challenge our views of ourselves, the various roles or characters we play, and, moreover, to explore our notions about beauty and the feminine ideal,” said Dr. Yolanda Sanchez, the airport’s director of the Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division.

Meanwhile, at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, there’s a new exhibition of 23 works by members of the non-profit Missouri Fiber Artists that will run through April 4, 2015 in the Lambert Gallery, located in the bag claim level of Terminal 1.

The works in 3D Fiber Explorations include everything from paper, wool, felt and linen thread to silk, cotton and other materials.

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Kacey Cowdery’s Charmaine & Me Commercial dolls dressed in braided floss, silk, strands of pearls and shells

Enjoy!

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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