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Pandemic art at Long Beach Airport

Long Beach Warrior – by Mer Young

There’s a new pandemic-themed art exhibit at Long Beach Airport (LGB).

The exhibition features work by local women artists commissioned by the airport and the Arts Council for Long Beach (ARTSLB). The 20 pieces chosen reflect uplifting and hopeful messages related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Titled “We Got This: Art in the Time of the Pandemic,” the artwork was printed and installed on large construction barriers in public, highly trafficked areas of the airport. Images will stay up for at least six months, but you can see an online version of the exhibit is available here. We’ve pulled a few images as a preview.

This is Sheltering, by Terry Braunstein

Below is: We’re going to be OK, OK? by Hannah Perez

Here is Safety First, by Karina Vasquez

And here is Corona Transformed, by Diane McLeod

Exhibit at JWA Airport Highlights Route 66

Motoring West

Road trips are all the rage right now, so it is fun to see the iconic landmarks and images of Route 66 featured in the new exhibit at John Wayne Airport (JWA) in Santa Ana, CA.

The pastel paintings on display through April 15, 2021, and are all by Ruth Kurisu.

 “I have traveled down Route 66 several times over the years and witnessed both its decline, rebirth, and preservation as a living time capsule and wanted to preserve this historical highway in my own way,” said Kurisu.

Kurisu’s exhibit is on display pre-security, on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B, and C and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

Fresh art at Denver International Airport

Courtesy Denver International Airport

Photo exhibit at Denver International Airport

A new exhibit at Denver International Airport (DEN) includes the work of 35 amateur and professional photographers from Colorado.

The My Colorado: Architecture exhibit includes images of architecture in Colorado’s urban settings, the Eastern Plains, and the Rocky Mountains. Look for the display on Concourse A, just beyond the bridge security checkpoint, for up to a year.

If you don’t think you’ll be traveling through Denver International Airport soon, you can see all the images online and in the video below.

All photos courtesy Denver International Airport

Travel Tidbits: Road Trips, Rock Hall Awards, new airport art, more

Road Trip? Atlas Obscura wants to go along

The folks at Atlas Obscura have a new book out. And a new daily podcast.

In their new book Rogue Routes, Atlas Obscura and Nissan outline fifty unusual drives through the United States. You can download a PDF for free here. And the Atlas Obscura daily podcast (well, Monday – Thursday) promises 15 minutes of “exploration and celebration of some of the world’s most wondrous, unexpected, even strange places.”

Rock Hall of Fame schedules induction for Cleveland in October

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will host the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio this year on October 30, 2021.

This year’s nominees include Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, JAY-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick.

Have a favorite? Fans can vote for their favorite nominees now through April 30, 2021 at vote.rockhall.com. The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that gets tallied along with the other ballots to select the 2021 final inductees.

Quito Airport’s new public space design

Last March, Covid-19 put a halt to a scheduled renovation project for the public areas of Ecuador’s Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport. But when the country decided that construction projects could proceed, the airport went ahead with the renovation project.

In addition to replacing a big swatch of ceramic flooring with Brazilian granite, furniture specially designed for the airport was installed. New greenery, including vertical gardens, was added and a sculpture (above) made with local balsa wood from sustainable forests was installed in the center of the departure hall.

Alaska Airlines offers free flights for CA residents

If you live in California and you hurry, you may be able to score a free flight from Alaska Airlines.

The first 25,000 California residents who sign up for Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan by March 3 2021 will get a flight within California for (almost) free. You’ll only need to pay taxes and fees – from $15 each way. Details here.

Art exhibit showcases WWII Trench Art

On Thursday, March 4, The National WWII Museum in New Orleans opens its newest special exhibit “SOLDIER | ARTIST: Trench Art in World War II.” The exhibit includes more than 150 artifacts and souvenirs, such as ashtrays, jewelry, tools and cookware, radios, and musical instruments that explore the military pastime of creating art, souvenirs, and tools out of the discarded materials and waste of war. 

From the exhibit notes:

The practice of creating trench art is as old as military conflict itself. During the American Revolution, prisoners of war created ship models from the bones of their rations. Soldiers in the Civil War carved charms and trinkets from lead bullets. World War I brought the advent of “classic” examples of trench art—and gave name to the pastime—as changes in technology presented soldiers with the material that best characterized the art form: the brass cartridge. During World War II, a more mechanized army offered increased access to the tools needed to fashion trench art, and the artifacts became more varied in form and were produced in greater quantity.

New name for the San Diego Zoo

Today, March 3, is World Wildlife Day and the San Diego Zoo Global is marking the day by becoming San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA).

The new brand underscores how the health of wildlife, people, and the environment are interconnected and linked to the health of our planet.

A new mural by world-renowned artist, Romero Britto, is being unveiled today to mark the rebrand and Alaska Airlines is donating 1 million miles to support the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s efforts.

Fresh (future) art at Sea-Tac Airport

Stuck at the Airport world headquarters is in Seattle. So we pay extra attention to what’s happening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

The airport is building a new $968 million International Arrivals Facility, which will greatly improve the arrival experience for passengers.

The number of international-capable gates will increase from 12 to 20. There will be more bag claim carousels. New technology will speed up passport check clearance. And the minimum connection time for passengers will drop from 90 to 75 minutes. Though we think people will want to spend more time in the airport once they see all the cool amenities here.

The new International Arrival Facility will also bring fresh new art to an airport already filled with great art. And the airport recently shared this video showing the artwork being installed in the Grand Hall of the new International Arrivals Facility.

Take a look.

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