Dulles Airport

At DC-area airports: art from Mars & amazing aircraft photos

Heading to or through Ronald Reagan Washington National or Washington Dulles Airports? There are two new art exhibits to check out.


Photo by Jeffrey Mistein


About 20 large-scale images of aircraft taken just as they’re landing are featured in “AirCraft: The Jet as Art” by American photographer Jeffrey Milstein at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Look for them through December 8 in the airport’s Gallery Walk art corridor, which is near the underground walkway connecting Terminal A with the parking garages. Historic aviation pieces from the College Park Aviation Museum are on display here as well.


Over at Washington Dulles International Airport, the images in “Mars As Art” feature more than 45 NASA and European Space Agency images taken by spacecraft from orbit and on the surface of Mars. Look for these images in the Gateway Gallery in the connecting walkway between the AeroTrain C-Gates and the C Concourse until November 30.


Valles Marineris, known as the Grand Canyon of Mars, which is long enough to stretch from New York City to Los Angeles.



Cherry Blossom Fest at Dulles and National Airports

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway in Washington, D.C.


The National Park Service horticulturists have been monitoring the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin for peak bud opening and they say right about now is a good time to pay a visit.

It’s also a good time to visit Washington’s Dulles or Reagan National Airports.


They are featuring Cherry Blossom-themed cocktails, food, banners and displays, including cherry blossom shirts and handbags, cherry blossom pink martinis, donuts with cherry blossom pink frosting and cherry blossom nail designs.

Need more pink? Reagan National Airport has pink lighting shining through the glass block walls in the stairwells in the parking garages and banners out front.

Sculpture at Dulles Airport promotes peace and tolerance

The world could use a bit more peace and tolerance and that’s the theme of a sculpture by DC-based artist Anil Revri recently installed at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Concourse A/B.

Wall for Peace is 7 feet long, 6 ½ feet high and features a four-sided LED screen that displays English translations of scriptures related to peace from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism.

The sculpture will be on view at Dulles International Airport through March 2013.

Photo courtesy Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Arts Program, which is hosting a concert on August 23 from 3pm-5pm near Vino Volo Restaurant in the B Concourse featuring MARS 4-tet, a classical jazz and pop-inspired quartet. A jazz concert with Brazil Project is scheduled for Thursday, August 30.