Long Beach Airport

Marvelous mosaics in Long Beach Airport

On Wednesday, December 5th, California’s Long Beach Airport (LGB) will unveil an expanded and upgraded passenger concourse in its Art Deco style terminal building, complete with a garden court and new local retail outlets and eateries.

Of special interest are the Works Progress Administration (WPA) mosaics by Grace Clements that were (re)discovered when the maintenance team took up the carpet. Made in 1941, the mosaics pay tribute to Long Beach’s origins in aviation, oil and communications with images of a large map, birds, a ship, an oil well and a hand dialing a telephone.

Here’s a link to a few more images of the mosaic tiles at Long Beach Airport on the airport’s Flickr photostream.

Solar powered airports? Yup!

Earth Hour, Earth Day and Earth Month may be over for this year, but the trend to go green is becoming a year-round thing at many airports.   Rare is the terminals that doesn’t at least have recycling bins these days.  And now many airports are embracing solar power and wind power.

My recent column in USAToday.com has a round-up of aiports generating some of their own juice.  Included: Denver International Airport, Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Oakland International Airport, Austin-Bergstrom Interrnational Airport, Long Beach Airport, Boston Logan International Airport and several others.

Here’s a link to the story: Solar Airports? It could happen.

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7 acres of solar panels field at Denver International Airport