Art in airports

100 Music Legends in 1 Mural At New Orleans International Airport

Alaska Airlines canceled our direct flight from Washington, DC to Seattle, WA on Sunday. And the rebooked route home gave the Stuck at The Airport team the gift of a 7-hour layover at New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

That gave us plenty of time to check out the fun shops, the bars, and the restaurants.

And all of the art.

We could identify just a few of the people pictured in this three-panel mural. And we’ve reached out to the airport for a key or list of them all.

In the meantime, let us know how many musicians you can ID in this great mural by Richard C. Thomas, called The Roux, which depicts 100 music legends from New Orleans.

Update: Here’s a brochure sent to us by MSY Airport that includes a list of all the people featured in the mural:

Travel Tidbits from airports Here and There

Some tidbits from museums – and musicians – from around the world to get your week started.

Flashy Fashion Photos at John Wayne Airport

A new exhibit in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal at John Wayne Airport features photography by Kurt Weston.

The images are inspired by the glamourous window displays of Orange County’s Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza shopping centers. Look Weston’s work through June 17, 2021 pre-security near security screening areas in Terminals A, B, and C and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

Podcasts from Dallas Love Field

A while back we gathered up a list of some of the podcasts being offered by airports around the country, including Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, and some others.

Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) has a live broadcast show and podcast titled “Lead with Love,” that continues on June 1 with a 30-minute format of conversations between an eclectic matchup of local citizens “discussing ways that strong leadership, respect of diversity, and inclusion, and celebration of local culture make a difference in the community.”

The shows air live at 12:30 p.m. (Central) and on Love Field’s social media: FacebookYouTube, and Pandora. After each episode airs, the recorded podcast is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify and iHeartRadio.

Here’s the intriguing line-up:

June 1  James Faust, Artistic Director, Dallas Film Society and Dallas International Film Festival, and Barak Epstein, Owner of Aviation Cinema, which operates the Texas Theater, and Co-Founder of the Oak Cliff Film Festival

June 15  Kevin Sherrington, Sports Columnist, The Dallas Morning News, and John Wooten, former NFL player,  one of the first Black football players at University of Colorado, and co-founder of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation. 

June 29 Anthony Hill, Head of Regional Partnerships, UberEats, and Podcast Host of “Legacy is More” and Sterling Melville, Senior Strategy Manager at Pepsico and President of The Melville Family Foundation

July 13 Veletta Lill, Former Executive Director, Dallas Arts District

July 27  Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas ISD

August 10 Sheri Crosby Wheeler, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Fossil Group, Inc. 

August 24  Randall White, Founder, 24HourDallas, and Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson, Chief of Economic Development & Neighborhood Services, City of Dallas

September 7  Jason Roberts, Founder of Better Block, Founder, Better Block, Urban Planner, Restaurateur, Civic Activist.

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.