Arts in airports

Art Tour Of The New Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

Courtesy Clark Weitz Clarkson.

When the new 1-million-square-foot terminal at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) officially opens on February 28, $5.6 million in newly commissioned art will be on display.

Here are images of some of the key pieces:

“Fountain (KCI)” by Leo Villareal

“Molten Swing” by Soo Sunny Park

Credit Clark Weitz Clarkson

“The Air Up There” by Nick Cave

Credit Clark Weitz Clarkson

“Ornithology” by Willie Cole

Credit Clark Weitz Clarkson

“Let The Music Take You” by George Rodriguez

Credit-Harriet Baskas”

“Wings” by John Balistreri

Courtesy of the artist

“Cloud Gazing” by SOFTlab

Credit – Clark Weitz Clarkson

Airports, airplanes & Alexander Calder

Courtesy Calder Foundation

July 22 was artist Alexander Calder’s birthday, giving us an excuse to share some photos of his work in airports and on airplanes.

The photo above is of Calder in 1957 inspecting the installation of his work originally titled .125, after the gauge of the aluminum elements in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (then Idlewild Airport). The piece was later redubbed Flight.

Courtesy Library of Congress

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) also has a work by Alexander Calder in its collection. This piece is titled, appropriately enough, Pittsburgh.

Courtesy Pittsburgh International Airport

Calder’s work also appeared on Braniff International Airways airplanes in the mid-1970s.

The first was a Douglas DC-8 known as Flying Colors of South America. The second was a Boeing 727-200 named Flying Colors of the United States.

Courtesy of the Calder Foundation

To learn more about the airplanes Calder painted for Braniff, see this article from 2020 by Chris Sloan in Airways Magazine.