Airport art

Intergalactic art, artifacts at San Diego Int’l Airport

From the San Diego Air & Space Museum

A new year-long exhibition at San Diego International Airport (SAN) – Intergalactic Dreaming features 15 installations scattered throughout the airport that explore celestial phenomena and astronomy. Here is a sampling of some of the out-of-this world artwork.

Artwork by Don Porcella. Photo: Pablo Mason courtesy of San Diego International Airport

Collection of Edward Marsh.

 

Artwork by Sheena Rae Dowling

 

(All photos by Pablo Mason; Courtesy San Diego International Airport)

 

Museum Monday: At SFO, All Roads Lead to Rome

Capriccio view of anicent Roman monuments c 1755. From 17th–19th Century Architectural Souvenirs from the Collection of Piraneseum

The newest exhibition from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport includes more than 70 artworks and objects depicting Roman architecture and monuments.

Why Rome?

“Rome was the world’s largest city from circa 100 BCE to 400 CE, and the cultural and political center of an empire lasting for more than a millennium,” the exhibit notes point out. “Its territory encompassed nearly fifty 21st century nations that owe much of their culture, religion, political systems, and infrastructure to Roman models. Arguably, Rome resonates most potently in its enduring architectural forms and public monuments, which were first widely disseminated in a very familiar method —through tourism.”

Arch of Titus c. 1830

 

In this exhibit, some items show how Rome’s structures and city places looked way back when. Others depict them as they appeared when the artwork now on display was first created. And many are souvenirs brought home by visitors to Rome.

Temple of Castor and Pollux – c. 1860

 

All the objects on view – and included here – are from the Collection of Piraneseum and curators David Weingarten and Lucia Howard, souvenir collectors of the best sort.

Arch of Constantine – c 1820

All Roads Lead to Rome: 17th–19th Century Architectural Souvenirs from the Collection of Piraneseum is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport through August 13, 2017.

Groovy sounds in Detroit Metro Airport Tunnel

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Courtesy Detroit Metro Airport

The 700-foot underground tunnel between Concourses A and B/C at McNamara Terminal in Detroit Metropolitan Airport is a big hit with travelers.

It runs beneath the terminal apron and two active runways and, most of the time, the 9000 purple, red, green and yellow LED lights change color in sync with original music composed just for this artwork.

But for the Thanksgiving travel season, the Detroit Free Press reports, the airport has introduced a new soundtrack into the mix that features songs by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and other Motown artists.

If dancing your way through the tunnel doesn’t sound appealing – or if flashing lights make you uncomfortable – keep in mind that you can turn the whole dang thing off.

According to a note on the Detroit Metropolitan Airport website:

“Customers may suspend the program for a five minute period by pressing the button marked by signage at each end of the tunnel (to the right at the bottom of the escalators). “

 

 

Aliens & odd things at Denver Int’l Airport

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Like zombies, the conspiracy theories about everything from aliens to underground bunkers, lizard people and secret military installations at Denver International Airport never die.

DEN officials do their best to debunk the really bizarre claims, but they have fun with them as well.

This month, to coincide with the Halloween season, the airport is even hosting a series of conspiracy theory-themed events, including a “Conspiracy Theories Uncovered” Art Exhibit (near the north security checkpoint; open 24 hours) with video, artwork, props and more that explain the most pervasive theories, free hour-long conspiracy theory art tours (Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays through October 29), a “What’s Under DEN” Facebook contest and a Conspiracy Costume Party – on October 20 – with a free screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind out on the plaza between the airport terminal and the Westin Denver International Airport.

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