Early morning souvenir shopping at Albuquerque International Sunport, which has a great art collection, a display of airplane models and plenty of room to spread out your stuff. Plus – it’s not just an airport – it’s a sunport.
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.
(All photos by Pablo Mason; Courtesy San Diego International Airport)
The newest exhibition from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport includes more than 70 artworks and objects depicting Roman architecture and monuments.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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). “
There’s a fun new exhibit at Denver International Airport that likely has something for everyone:
Colorado Toys has just that: toys from Colorado toy makers and Colorado toy collectors all on display through December in Ansbacher Hall in the Jeppesen Terminal, before the A Bridge Security.
Here are a few images from the show.