Here we go again! It’s Sunday morning and it’s time to leave for the airport for my monthly trip to the UK. These monthly trips are great opportunity to re-connect with friends, meet up with clients and not least, spend some quality time at Wonderland towers with the wonder girls.
As you can imagine, I’ve developed good working knowledge of a number of airports by now. What always surprises me is the lack of cultural stimulation i.e. art present in airports. Yet it’s fantastic platform; a captive audience, fabulous footfall, what more incentive is required?
Ok, art cannot compete with shops and bars in terms of return on investment. Or can it, just in the broader sense of the expression? My vote is with the latter – any art I’ve seen in airports has been stimulating, entertaining and surprising.
So, I wanted to share some of the more interesting airport art. Which ones have you spotted?
- The horse, by Botero, El Prat airport, Barcelona, Spain
A beautiful, bulbous, large black horse that welcomes you in Terminal 2.
- Two incredible sitting black snowmen, Tom Claassen 2000 – Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sitting on the floor in the D gate, backs to each other, they look like they’re having a rest from their travels. Or perhaps they’re been through a particularly rigorous safety check?
Photo credit to Changi Airport Group (“CAG”).
- The Journey, by Jim Campbell, at San Diego Airport
This installation is made of 38,000 LED lights and extends more than 700 feet.
- Globe, in the metro station – Kastrup airport, Copenhagen, Denmark. The designer is not listed (possibly Josh Simpson), but the art is beautiful.
When you next travel through any of these airports, keep a look out. Art enriches your travel experience, provides a great photo opportunity and, if you’re travelling with kids, they’re bound to want to climb on it if it’s a statue.
Noticed anything in the above list? Correct. None of these are in the UK. That’s because in all my travels through UK airports (11, a good sample size) I’ve never seen anything that remotely resembles art. I’d happily be proven wrong, that means that things are changing.
In the meantime, happy art-spotting.
Written by Inge De Gooijer
Source: Unless otherwise indicated, the images are courtesy of Pinterest