Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the exhibits feature works by two solo artists and one group exhibition. The artwork includes large-scale printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, painting, and multi-media artworks across three terminals.
“Out of the Blue“ is a group exhibition of paintings, ceramics, and mixed-media works. Look for this in the Terminal 7 art gallery adjacent to the security screening area. (Ticketed passengers only)
“Your Body is a Space That Sees“ by Los Angeles artist Lia Halloran is accessible to ticketed passengers in Terminal 1 at Gate 9. The images combine ink and light to celebrate women’s contributions to astronomy.
The large-scale cyanotype prints source historical imagery from a group of Harvard women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when views of the night sky were captured in photographic emulsion on glass plates.
“This body of work is really meant to honor the invaluable work that female astronomers contributed to their field,” Halloran says. “Without these discoveries, we would be nowhere near where we are now in terms of being able to measure and understand the universe.”
“Tumbleweeds,” by Pontus Willfors, is a site-specific installation featuring hand-crafted, botanical sculptures manipulated from wood. The sculptures are inspired by tumbleweeds found in the Mojave Desert, which extends into the northeastern part of Los Angeles County. Look for this work in the Tom Bradley International Terminal customs hallway.
LAX SELFIE GUIDED TOUR
LAX also has a fun Selfie Guided Tour of community art located in the pre-screening areas of Terminals 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7.
Start at the Theme Building, located in the center of the Central Terminal Area, and walk the mile-route to view all nine pieces of art. The artwork is displayed on large walls and creates an opportunity to snap selfiez to share on social media using #LAXSelfieGuidedTour.
Photos by SKA Studios LLC., courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Thermal scanning of passengers is common at many airports in Asia.
If the new Terminal Wellness Pilot Program rolling out at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on June 23 works out, then thermal scanning could become the new normal in U.S. airports too.
The new pilot program uses thermal camera technology to identify travelers who have elevated body temperatures.
The heat-seeking cameras are set up inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at both the main entrance on the departures level and inside the terminal near some international arrivals.
For the pilot program, the cameras will be screening both arriving and departing passengers who voluntarily agree to be screened. And LAX officials say passengers who don’t want to be screened will be able to decline the scan.
The thermal cameras will be identifying people with body temperatures of 100.4 degrees or more. A fever could be mean that a traveler has COVID-19.
Passengers flagged with an elevated temperature will go through secondary screening that includes having a medical professional do a temperature check with a handheld, non-contact thermometer.
LAX says departing passengers with elevated body temperature will be advised not to travel. Passengers on arriving international flights who may be ill could be referred to CDC staff on site.
Heading to or through the Tom Bradley International
Terminal (TBIT) or Terminal 6 at LAX?
Here’s some info about two now site-specific art installations to look for at Los Angeles International Airport, courtesy of the airport’s partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA),
“Forest, For the Trees” curated by Julie Kornblum
For the Trees” is an installation featuring knitted, crocheted, woven and other
fiber-based artworks made by more than 40 artists.
“This installation hopes to address the wonders and perils
of the forest by creating an environment that is at once unique and fantastic,”
said Los Angeles-based artist and project curator Julie Kornblum.
The installation is the newest iteration of Kornblum’s ongoing
partnership with the Arroyo Arts Collective and Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.
Artists independently created works in their own individual styles and techniques,
from realistic woodland creatures made of felt, to stylized tree trunks and
branches sprouting from used sweaters.
Look for “Forest, For the Trees”
at LAX in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, Customs Hallway, on the
Arrivals Level through January 2020.
The Unemployed” by Jody Zellen
“The Unemployed” is a site-specific installation by Jody
Zellen that features a large-scale, interactive digital projection and four video
Using data culled from online sources that list
unemployment rates for over 200 countries, Zellen depicts this numerical
information as animated figures, creating an alternative way to visualize these
Zellen created a software program that randomly cycles
through the unemployment data of the different countries and, for each country,
depicts an array of figures made of simple lines moving within a grid on the
The piece is interactive: as passersby move through the
space, their silhouettes are projected onto the wall and transformed into a
presence consisting of the ambling figures.
The installation is open to the public in
Terminal 6 on the Departures Level through September 2019 and is also available
via a free app.
All photos in this post by
Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports and City of Los Angeles
Department of Cultural Affairs.