airport art exhibits

Art and Magic at SJC and DAL Airports

Artists: Humans Since 1982 Photographer: John Janca

Fresh art at Mineta San Jose International Airport

Take a look at this cool new permanent artwork installed at California’s Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Installed in the pre-security Arrivals Hall of Terminal B, A million Times (San José), by artists Humans since 1982, is made from 160 clock faces with white hands set against a black surface. The clock hands have been programmed to spin individually so the artwork sometimes shows the accurate time between performances of three different compositions.

Take a look.

Travelers who have had the chance to go through Terminal 2 at Singapore’s Changi Airport in the past will recognize this version of A million Times, which is made up of 504 clock-faces.

MAGIC SHOW AT DALLAS LOVE FIELD

Who says all the magic has gone out of travel?

On Tuesday (September 21, 2021) Dallas Love Field (DAL) hosted a live magic show for travelers and airport employees.

The 45-minute show by magicians Dal and Cinde Sanders included magic and illusion including, card magic, mind-reading, floating tables, and giant balloon dogs. We’re nominating this for Airport Amenity of the Week.

What do you think?

Museum Monday: Scientific Instruments at SFO

SFO Museum : Equinoctial inclining sundial  c. 1865

SFO Museum exhibits rare 19th to early 20th-century scientific instruments

SFO Museum: Double-scope theodolite  c. 1890–1910

The newest exhibition from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is filled with rare mid-nineteenth century to early twentieth-century scientific instruments.

At a glance, they are clearly works of mechanical know-how and art. But these objects also tell a story about the emergence of modern science and the specialized instruments scientists built and used to explore the world.

From the exhibition release:

When modern science emerged in the seventeenth century, scientists invented specialized instruments to explore the world and universe in a closer, more logical manner. These intriguing devices facilitated the careful study of almost all facets of life through the research and demonstration of ideas and theories. During the nineteenth century, new technologies allowed for the precision manufacturing of scientific instruments. An array of instruments assisted some of the most brilliant minds on Earth as scientists made early discoveries in the fields of electrodynamics and atomic theory.

This exhibition in the Harvey Milk Terminal 1 of the San Francisco International Airport displays a selection of antique scientific instruments and explores their uses. Dates: September 11, 2021, to April 3, 2022.  The exhibit is accessible to ticketed passengers but non-ticketed guests may get access by emailing curator@flysfo.com.

SFO Museum: Geissler tube rotator [with modern tube]  late 19th century
SFO Museum: Helmholtz resonators  c. 1890

“Sunrise Sunset” at Albany International Airport

Carly_Glovinski: Canning the Sunset

New York’s Albany International Airport (ALB) will soon debut a new art exhibit.

Sunrise Sunset features work by 46 artists and runs from May 15-August 30, 2021. The show is in the airport’s new redeveloped pre-security Gallery and in the post-security Concourse A Gallery.

Jenny Kemp: Sun Salutations

Sunrises and sunsets have long been rendered and allegorized to signify beginnings and endings, the show notes tell us. “Yet, at a glance, how are we to tell whether we’re welcoming a new day or the approach of the night?”

“Much the same can be said about our recent experience of time passage when for many it could be hard to distinguish one day from the next or discern what the future might hold,” said Kathy Greenwood, Director, Art & Culture Program Albany International Airport.

For this exhibit, Greenwood chose work in a wide range of media, including video and still photography, as well as sculpture, installation, painting, fiber, and collage by artists who are emerging as well as those who occupy an international stage.

Here are a few more samples;

Lily Prince – American Beauty
KK_Kozik- _Lone Tree Hill

New art at Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airports

Courtesy MIA Airport

Do not lick the art at MIA

A colorful new installation that looks like swirls of frosting is now on view near Gate D31 at Miami International Airport (MIA).

“Touch from Above,” by Miami artist Gianna D, is made up of 11 thickly layered, labor-intensive, abstract paintings. Each of these paintings is filled with vibrant swirls of color.

The swirls look like dollops of ‘frosting,’ and the artist says each dollop represents an act of kindness.

Giant sculpture in progress at MSP

Courtesy MSP Airport

The Aurora is a two-story interactive artwork by Jen Lewin in progress at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

The project reached a milestone last week with the installation of the 29-foot-high, 740-pound glass and metal part of the sculpture.

Courtesy MSP Airport

The twisting, aerial wave has more than 23,000 aluminum rings and it is now suspended through an oval opening between the ticketing and baggage claim levels in Terminal 1.

The next step is for the artist Jen Lewin to add 2,600 hand-blown glass bulbs, each with a set of LEDs within.

Courtesy Jen Lewin Studio

The 8000 LEDs will be then be programmed to use live weather data to alter the sculpture’s color palettes to reflect Minnesota’s seasons and weather conditions.

Courtesy Jen Lewin Studio

Below the Aurora, embedded in the floor on the baggage claim level, there will be another part of the sculpture. This will be an interactive cluster of reflective glass platforms representing area lakes.

When people walk, dance, or move on the interactive “lakes,” they will influence the light show in the sculpture above.

Look for the completed Aurora in early 2021.

Courtesy MSP Airport

SAT: 5 Things We Love About San Antonio International Airport

Our “5 Things We Love About...” series celebrates features and amenities at airports around the country and the world.

Today we’re landing at San Antonio International Airport (SAT).

Keep in mind that some of the amenities we love at the San Antonio International Airport may be temporarily unavailable due to health concerns. We’re confident they’ll be back.

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans stopped by San Antonio International way back when

1. Art and music at San Antonio International Airport

“¡Adelante San Antonio!” by Dos Mestizx, Suzy González and Michael Menchaca

SAT presents live concerts and events and is home to a wide variety of temporary art exhibitions and permanent public art.

2. Kids play area at SAT

This new play area at SAT is located in Terminal A.

3. The Pet Relief Areas at SAT Airport

SAT has three service animal and pet relief areas. The two indoor areas feature red ornamental water hydrants, turf grass with multiple drains, waste bags, benches, and mirrors.

4. The Pups & Planes program at SAT Airport

The Pups & Planes dog therapy program at SAT Airport is part of the airport’s Ambassador Program. Volunteers and their pups visit the terminals on rotating schedules.

5. SAT’s Travel Safety Campaign

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and other airports in Texas have a new campaign to restore consumer confidence in air travel and to inform travelers of new safety protocols and enhanced health procedures.

One piece of the campaign is a free downloadable coloring and activity book. San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is featured in the book, along with Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP), Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), El Paso International Airport (EL), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB), and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

Did we miss any of your favorite features or amenities at San Antonio International Airport (SAT)?

If so, please leave a note in the comments section below.

And take a moment too to visit some of the airports in our “5 Things We Love About...” series.