Sea-Tac Airport

Art in Delta Air Lines’ Seattle Sky Club

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Delta Air Lines recently opened an impressive, 21,000 square foot Sky Club at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, with seating for more than 400, 30-foot ceilings, direct runway, tarmac and (weather permitting) Mount Rainier views.

Amenities include six (!) complimentary shower suites, spa services (for purchase), foods and beverages that include local items such as Beecher’s ‘World’s Best’ Mac & Cheese, and some great art including this piece by Rebecca Coles (in the spa area) made from postage stamps.

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In Seattle: airport ride-hailing, with a twist

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Slowly but surely, airports are working out ways to include ride-hailing service such as Uber and Wingz and Lyft into their ground transportation offering.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the latest to join in, but their program has an environmental twist.

Back in 2003, the airport was the first in the country to mandate and achieve a 100 percent green taxi fleet.

Now, in a one-year pilot program that kicks off today, any ride-hailing service that wants to operate at the airport will be required to match those green fleet requirements through a combination of high MPG vehicles, deadhead reduction, and/or ridesharing, the airport said in a release.

Services that want to participate in the program will need to sign agreements with the Port of Seattle, prove their compliance and pay a $5 fee for each pick-up at the airport.

According to the Seattle Times , both Uber and Lyft have already signed the agreements and will begin service today, with Wingz planning to roll out service next week.

The ride-hailing companies will be required to file monthly reports on all pick-ups and drop offs and pay an additional $5 per trip fee if they don’t meet the environmental standards.

SEA Airport puts all its art in an app

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Spinning our Wheels – Spike Mafford

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has an incredible art collection that was started in the late 1960s and added to over the years with impressive works in glass, sculpture, photography, painting and sound.

You can walk around the airport, see something you like, read the labels and learn a lot anytime you want – but now the airport has an impressive app that tells you not only where everything in the collection is located (you don’t want to miss something great, do you?), but also all about the artwork, the artist and other places you can see their work.

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Louise Nevelson – Night Flight –

The entire collection – which currently numbers 65 pieces – has been loaded into the STQRY app (pronounced “story”) which is available as a free download for iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

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York Factory A – Frank Stella – Courtesy Sea-Tac Airport

Treat for Pearl Jam fans at Sea-Tac Airport

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Pearl Jam poster – Ames Bros., Chicago, 7/19/2013, Classic Show at Wrigley Field. Sold out. 2 hour and 40 minute rain delay. Courtesy EMP

There’s a treat in store for fans of the Seattle-born band Pearl Jam at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

An exhibit of Pearl Jam’s classic and now-historical poster art opens today at SEA, with 85 posters made over the years by more 30 artists including the Ames Bros., Brad Klausen, Munk One, Ward Sutton, and others.

PUSH ME, PULL ME: Pearl Jam and the Art of the Screen Printed Poster shows off the work of some great artists, of course, but also illustrates how, when the band formed way back in 1990, posters were the best way to communicate with their audience.

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Pearl Jam Post exhibit – opening day. Courtesy Jasen Emmons

Here are few more samples, all courtesy of Seattle’s EMP Museum, which helped put the show together at SEA on Concourse A, near Gate A.

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Brad Klausen, Seattle, 4/29/2005, Easy Street Records 10th Anniversary of CIMs. Secret, private show for indie record store owners. Courtesy EMP

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Don Pendleton, Brooklyn, 10/19/2013, Don created the art for Lightning Bolt that eventually won a Grammy for album package design. 1 of 2 sold out shows at Barclay’s Center. Courtesy EMP

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Tom Tomorrow, Philadelphia, 10/28/2009, 4-night stand at The Spectrum to close down the fabled arena. Courtesy EMP

Souvenir Sunday: travel-themed gear at PHL & SEA Airport

A new shop at Philadelphia International Airport – called Pilot & Captain – is the first brick & mortar effort from the design studio The Heads of State – and is filled with travel-themed items related to what the creators call “the good old days of planes, trains & discovery”

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The shop offers city-specific t-shirts, mugs, posters, notebooks and more and can be found in Terminal 3.

There’s also a new travel-themed store at Sea-Tac Airport on Concourse C called Planewear – Style is in the Air , filled with items created for the Enumclaw, Washington-based Planewear company

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Inventory includes the sassy SkyBelts, (belts made out of airplane seatbelts, which might be problematic for flight when you have to clip on the real airplane seatbelt…), Pan Am “vintage inspired” t-shirts, passport covers, luggage tags, those nostalgic Pan Am bags and kid-sized apparel.