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Airport amenity of the week: LAX pylons in rainbow colors

 

 

The iconic Gateway pylons at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have been lit to honor and celebrate all sorts of holidays, events and special memorial days and this past weekend the pylons have been lit up in rainbow colors in recognition of LGBTQ Heritage Month and LA Pride Week.

The pylons stretch out for 1.5 miles of the approach to LAX on Century Boulevard, grow in height from 25 to 60 feet and are most visible as a ring of 15 100-foot-tall columns at the entrance to the airport.

They were installed in 2000, received a major upgrade in 2006 when the original lamps were replaced with 2,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and can now display more than 16 million colors.

Here’s a video ‘drive-through’ of the Pylon project that contains video of an artist installation inside one of the pylons:

A memo from SFO Airport: See this typewriter exhibit

With all this talk about a ban on laptops and larger-than-smartphone electronic devices being from some airline cabins, consider for a moment the pre-computer age of the typewriter.

Courtesy SFO Museum

A fresh new exhibit at San Francisco International Airport, organized by the SFO Museum, traces the history of typewriters (remember those?) and typewriter technology, from early writing machines to modern portables.

 

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“A marvel of industrial engineering and ingenuity, it revolutionized communication and was an essential tool for countless writers. To comprehend the typewriter’s impact, consider a world where typing did not exist and handwriting was the main form of non-verbal communication.  The ease and speed of communication on paper increased dramatically when typewriters became available in the late 1800s. Typewriting was efficient, created clear and legible documents, and easily produced multiple copies using carbon paper,” the exhibition notes tell us.

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The Typewriter: An Innovation in Writing is post-security in Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport through January 28, 2018.

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Greek diner opens at Pittsburgh Int’l Airport

 

 

I’m a big fan of diners – real diners. And from the looks of it, the Marathon Diner that just opened in the AirMall’s Center Core food court at Pittsburgh International Airport is pretty close to the real thing,

Promising “diner food with a Greek flair,” the new eatery  pays homage to the owner’s grandfather, who operated the Marathon Restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh during the 1930s.

On the menu: the Marathon Gyro, Greek Burger, Greek Lemon Chicken Soup made in-house from a traditional family recipe, rice pudding and “My Big Fat Greek Omelet.”

 

While you’re at Pittsburgh International Airport, check out their art collection , which includes Robert Fraley’s Robot Repair, a mobile by Alexander Calder, exhibits about Andy Warhol and Mister Rogers and other fun stuff.

And take a moment to appreciate terrazzo floor.

 

Andy Warhol Wallpaper at PIT

Fresh bicycle-themed art at Denver Int’l Airport

The newest art exhibit at Denver International Airport has a transportation theme.

Not planes – although the photo above does use a plane as a backdrop – but bicycles.

Tod Van Fleet loves vintage bicycles – and the outdoors – and puts them together in large-scale colorful landscape photos on display at DEN airport in the ‘Y-Juncture Gallery’ past the A-security checkpoint through September 2017.

The photographs on display were taken in some of Colorado’s loveliest spots, including Aspen, Vail, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Garden of the Gods, Kenosha Pass and Gore Range and, evidently, Van Fleet sometimes hikes to remote spots with the bikes strapped to his back in order to get  just the right shots.

Photos courtesy Denver International Airport

 

Groovy SFO Airport celebrates 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’

 

Pretty much all of San Francisco is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’ with exhibits, festivals, tours and happenings.

And San Francisco International Airport – groovy as always – is no exception.

On Saturday, May 13, the city will be celebrating Flowers in your Hair Day” to honor the pop song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” that became a “flower-power anthem” for the hippie movement.

On that day, local radio stations will play the song at noon and flowers will be distributed at various spots throughout the city – including in Terminal 3 East at SFO.

At 11 a.m. United Airlines’ specially-numbered flight 1967 will arrive from Los Angeles – at Gate 67 – and  a path of flower decals will lead passengers to Madame Tussaud’s selfie-friendly figures of Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and Jimi Hendrix.

The pups from the airport’s Wag Brigade will be on hand (wearing tie-dyed outfits) and, at 11:30 a.m., the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the song of the day.

SFO’s Summer of Love celebration kicks off earlier, however, with the May 4 opening of SFO Museum’s exhibition of a dozen photographs taken by Elaine Mayes at the Monterey Pop Music Festival June 16-18, 1967. That festival helped launch the ‘Summer of Love’ and featured early performances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and others.

The exhibit “Elaine Mayes: It Happened in Monterey” is located post-security, near Gate 76 in Terminal 3, Boarding Area F through August 10, 2017.

 

Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey International Pop Festival, June 18, 1967. Photo: Elaine Mayes. Courtesy SFO Museum

  

Janis Joplin at Monterey Pop Festival. Photo by Elaine Mayes, Courtesy SFO Museum