self-guided art tour

Fresh art at LAX Airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has three new art exhibitions to look for next time you pass through.

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 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.

Happy Souvenir Sunday from Denver International Airport

Airlines canceled thousands of flights this week way ahead of the snow, but a lot of people still spent a lot of time stuck at the airport.

Some travelers fumed, others took it in stride. And a lot of folks at Denver International Airport used their time to check out the art.

Denver airport’s art collection includes  26 site specific murals, sculptures and installations, as well as exhibit spaces that feature changing exhibitions.

Even better: the airport has a glossy brochure that offers a self-guided tour of all the artwork.

Here at we’re big fans of free, and because the brochure is so helpful – and free! – we’re choosing it as our Souvenir Sunday pick for this week.

Have you found a great souvenir while being stuck at the airport? If its’ under $10, “of” the city or region and, ideally, a bit offbeat, please snap a photo and send it along.  Your souvenir may be featured on Souvenir Sunday.

Oh – and Happy Valentine’s Day!  If you see someone proposing at the airport, please snap a photo, get the details and let us know about that too!