Art

Fresh art at PHL Airport

With more than 20 temporary and permanent exhibitions scattered throughout the terminals, Philadelphia International Airport has an art program worth your layover.

Here are some pictures of just a few of the newest exhibits:

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In Terminal A (post-security) look for a quirky exhibition of an inflatable cloud by Philadelphia artist Janell Olah, who is known for creating artwork that captures circulated air to inflate and activate her sculptural installations.

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Urban Expressionism, between Terminals C/D, is by local artist Leroy Johnson, who uses clay, paint, charcoal, photographs, found objects and other materials to create paintings and small dioramas that depict the local landscape.

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And in Terminal D there are images and 3-D objects made by students of CHAD – the Charter High School for Architecture + Design.

Enjoy!

(Photos courtesy of Philadelphia International Airport)

Fresh art at Los Angeles Int’l Airport

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A new temporary, site-specific art installation at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) titled “Transfiguration,” is by LA artist Erika Lizee.

According to a statement about the new installation, the work “explores the idea of a hidden and undefined world existing beyond the visible realm.”

The statement goes on to explain that in the work, trompe l’oeil and sculptural paintings of mysterious and abstract shapes suggest the wall’s surface has been peeled back to reveal a magical otherworld. Hazy cloud-like tendrils and delicate lavender flowers sculpted from Duralar, a translucent film, seem to waft from the wall into the physical realm of the viewer.”

Impressive as it looks, only some connecting travelers will get to see the work up close, as it is installed in the Customs Hallway, Arrivals Level, through mid-February 2017.

So here’s a closer view:

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And here’s a link to other art installations at LAX.

Photos courtesy Panic Studio LA

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Here’s a fun thing to do at the airport: be an angel.

Westfield, which builds and manages some airport terminals, teamed up with the Global Angel Wings project to paint wings in several airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

The wings are by renowned street artist Colette Miller, who launched the project in 2012,
and enable travelers to get their photos taken in front of the paintings and then, of course, share the photos around.

Each airport has a social media hashtag and special promotions for those who share their angel photos: #iflyLAX for Los Angeles, #iflyORD for Chicago O’Hare
and #iflyEWR for Newark Liberty.

Fresh art for the Las Vegas Airport

Between the slot machines, the flashy advertising signs and just the plain excitement of being in Las Vegas, there’s plenty to distract you when you arrive at McCarran International Airport.

But be sure to look down at the new mosaic artwork in the Terrazzo flooring in Terminal 1’s Baggage Claim.

Created by Nevadan Randy Heil, the artwork is laid-out as a 40-foot-diameter circle with a border reminiscent of a poker chip and contains images inspired by iconic landmarks in the Las Vegas skyline – past and present.

A mosaic mural depicting past and present Las Vegas landmarks is unveiled in the Teminal 1 Baggage Claim at McCarran International Airport on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. CREDIT: Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau

A mosaic mural depicting past and present Las Vegas landmarks is unveiled in the Teminal 1 Baggage Claim at McCarran International Airport on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. CREDIT: Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau

On one side of the ‘chip,’ look for The Dunes, Landmark, Plaza and Desert Inn hotels, and references to Evel Knievel, jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace, and a mushroom cloud representative of atomic testing that took near town.

A mosaic mural depicting past and present Las Vegas landmarks is unveiled in the Teminal 1 Baggage Claim at McCarran International Airport on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. CREDIT: Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau

A mosaic mural depicting past and present Las Vegas landmarks is unveiled in the Teminal 1 Baggage Claim at McCarran International Airport on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. CREDIT: Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau

Heil, who was paralyzed from his shoulders down in an auto accident, now creates his artwork using his mouth.

The modern skyline half of the poker chip art has references to structures and images you’ll see on the The Strip, including the Luxor Las Vegas pyramid, the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower, the volcano at The Mirage, the Stratosphere Tower, the Wynn Las Vegas, the High Roller observation wheel and the Las Vegas Monorail.

The artwork is part of a $30 million renovation of Terminal 1.

Airport residencies: next big thing?

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Airport residencies by cultural arts groups seems to be the next big thing.

Australia’s Brisbane Airport (BNE) just announced that a team from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will be the newest Artist-in-Residence and will present six ‘pop-up’ performances in the international and domestic terminals, with three of these performances taking place before the end of the year.

Brisbane Airport started their Artist-in-Residence program last year and first up was Robert Brownhall, who created a series of works featuring different views of the airport.

Here in the United States, airport artist-in-residence programs are happening too. This year, the Fern Street Circus is in residence at San Diego International Airport, so keep an eye out for an unusual number of Bozos.

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Courtesy SAN Airport