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.

Selfies at airports that OK smoking


If you start noticing people standing outside airport smoking rooms taking thumbs-down selfies, here’s why:

Inspired by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who posted a selfie of himself on Facebook giving thumbs down to a smoking room at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport airport, the non-profit Americans for NonSmokers’ Rights is starting a selfie campaign to get other anti-smoking fans to do the same.

ANR – and others – maintain that ventilated airport smoking rooms at airports – and elsewhere – really don’t address the health hazards of secondhand smoke exposure or prevent the smoke from drifting out into the indoor shared airspace.

And while hundreds of airports in the U.S. are completely smoke free, there are some major airports that still have indoor smoking areas, including Atlanta Hartsfield, Washington Dulles, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas McCarran, Nashville and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky.

ANR is encouraging non-smokers to take a thumbs-down selfie outside an airport smoking lounges, smoking rooms, or anywhere people are spotted smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes at airports and post it to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc., with the hashtag: #SmokefreeAirports and the airport’s tag.

Selfies giving the thumbs-up to non-smoking airports are welcome as well.

As a reward, ANR is handing out these luggage tags, while supplies last.

SMoke free tag

Albany International Airport & the selfies


That’s not really the New York State Capitol – it’s the Albany International Airport.

But go ahead – take a selfie.

For travelers who haven’t had time to hit all the hot spots in and around Albany, officials at Albany International Airport set up a Selfie Spot on Concourse C with an over-sized photograph of the State Capitol.

“Sightseers touring Albany have always found the State Capitol to be one of the most breathtaking landmarks in upstate New York,” said John A. O’Donnell, CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority. “The Airport Capitol Selfie Site gives travelers an opportunity to recapture that moment and to digitally place themselves in the shadow of the seat of New York State government before they leave on their flights.”

The family above are the Gilberts of Queensbury, NY. They were on their way to Disney World but took advantage of the new photo op at ALB airport before they flew off.