Art

Denver Airport art exhibit explores microbiology

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A large-format temporary art exhibit at Denver International Airport (DEN) – titled “Acúmulo” (Portuguese for ‘growth by continued additions’) – presents a “loosely interpreted” microbiological habitat made of recycled materials from the airport and objects made or collected by artist Rosane Volchan O’Conor.

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Neon light, ceramic, wood, metal and found objects such as luffa sponges, porcelain-dipped Spanish moss, and all manner of industrial-looking materials from the airport’s recycling bins are intended to make the viewer think of paramecium, spores and neurons.

See what you think… the installation is in the DEN Gallery through the end of July on the west side of the Jeppesen Terminal, near the north security area.
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All photos courtesy of the artist and Denver International Airport.

IND Airport or INDY 500?

Throughout May, Indianapolis International Airport is helping celebrate the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 with audio installations that include the traditional call to “start your engines,” the sounds of revving engines and Jim Nabors’ final performance of “Back Home Again in Indiana.

Through June, two art exhibits in the ticket hall at IND airport celebrate the 100th Indy 500 as well:

One exhibition features work by two of the 33 artists commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to create their interpretations of the “Welcome Race Fans” signs that appear throughout the city during May. A video running above the escalators leading down to the baggage claim is showing a video featuring the work of all 33 artists.

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Also featured is an exhibit with work by Indianapolis painter Rene Crigler. Crigler, who works part-time as a race official at major events around the country.

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Omaha’s Eppley Airfield sprouts a gallery

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Eppley Airfield airport in Omaha, Nebraska is now home to a gallery that will feature the work of more than 50 noted midwestern artists, stock thousands of pieces of art and, better yet, offer live art demonstrations from both core and guest artists on a regular basis.

And you don’t even need to go inside the store to experience the live art: video cameras inside the store send a feed to two screens out front.

The roughly 1,000 square foot store, dubbed “Gallery Eppley by Hudson,” is in the airport’s North Terminal, adjacent to a Hudson Booksellers store, and carries work in a wide variety of mediums, including paintings, bronze sculpting, wood turning, multi-media, metal working, photography and glass blowing.

Leave room in your carry-on for some art…

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Airport ensemble made of trash

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This stormy weather outfit made from disposable coffee cups, parking garage tickets, scrap electrical wire and invasive canary grass is on display at Portland International Airport through the end of April, 2016.

Titled “PDX Weather Advisory,” the offbeat ensemble is the latest trash-to-fashion creation by Nancy Judd, of Recycle Runway, and was commissioned to celebrate the city, PDX airport and the environmental programs of the Port of Portland, which operates the airport.

Judd said the raincoat, which represents the Port’s Waste Minimization Program, is made from disposable cup to encourage travelers to reuse coffee cups, water bottles and other items.

The umbrella, swirling with parking garage tickets, represents the Air Quality Program and its success in reducing emissions from idling vehicles.

The scrap electrical wire woven into the sculpture’s scarf highlight the clean energy programs, while the wildlife photos that make up the hat are a nod to the Natural Resources Program.

And the Reed Canary grass used in the boots is one of the invasive species being managed on Port land.

“PDX Weather Advisory” is on display in the north end of the PDX baggage claim through the end of April.

If you miss seeing it there, you’ll get another chance in 2017/2018 at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport where Recycle Runway will have a year-long show that will feature 20 of Judd’s eco-fashion sculptures.

ATL featured ten cases of Judd’s creations in 2011/2012.

Poems for the sky at Miami International Airport

Mock up of the poem by 3rd grader Nieema Marshall being painted on a rooftop near Miami International Airport

If you’re flying to or from Miami International Airport anytime soon, there’s a new reason to book a window seat on the plane.

Each year during April, National Poetry Month, the annual O, Miami poetry festival tries to fulfill its mission of having everyone in Miami-Dade County encounter a poem at least once during the month.

In the past, program participants have put lines of poetry on bandannas worn by dogs and painted poems inside urinals.

One of this year’s projects is called “Poems To The Sky” – a project by Randy Burman, who last year put poems on the wrappers of popsicles that were handed out for free.

This year Burman is painting poems by local students in letters 40 feet high onto the roof tops of two buildings that sit in the flight paths of planes landing and taking off at Miami International Airport.

“The unknowing window seat occupant who just happens to look out the window as they are taking off to the east or landing from the west is the winner,” said Burman via email. “Having people discovering a poem in a place they never expected it is the ideal.”

Here’s the poem by 3rd grader Nieema Marshall that passengers will see:

I am
from
a place
where
it does
not snow

And here’s the roof poem by 4th grader Tywon Williams:

When I look
at a cloud
I feel like
I am one

Mock up of the poem by 4th grader Tywon Williams that will soon be visible to fliers at Miami International Airport

Poem painting is underway – the pictures here are mock-ups of the finished product – and the goal is have both poems finished by the end of the month, with no plans yet for when the poems might be removed.