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The Art of an Airport

“Art serves a number of purposed in an airport terminal.” Stanis Smith, Sector Leader, Airports

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<p>Art serves a number of purposes in an airport terminal. Apart from just providing pleasure as art should, I think it also acts as a key wayfinding device. If there are significant pieces of artwork that people remember, then it helps them to orient themselves inside an airport terminal, which obviously is a fairly large space. So art not only serves the function of giving aesthetic pleasure, but it enables people to say “meet you at the sculpture” or “meet you at the artwork”.</p> <p>The digital artwork feature that’s been installed in the interstitial corridor will be triggered by passengers as they either walk along the corridor or move along the moving walkways. And so they will feel a real sense of engagement with this artwork feature which will basically trigger on and off depending on how they move. So it’s a really interesting piece.</p> <p>There are many other significant works of art that have been installed in the terminal. One of them is by Michael Hayden, a pretty well-known artist who’s been responsible for some artworks in Chicago O’Hare among other things. It’s a significant glass sculpture that will basically catch the light and create spectral colors as you’re entering into the terminal.</p> <p>Another truly unique piece is being designed by Karim Rashid. It’s called&nbsp;<i>Kopperscape</i>and it consists of a series of molded forms around a performance stage. It’s located inside one of the departing areas, and passengers can either sit or recline on these molded shapes, and the central performance stage can accommodate about three performers for casual, informal performances that will take place during certain times of day. So in many ways it combines sculpture with seating with performance space and is as far as we know unique in any airport.</p> <p>There’s a mosaic artwork by Erin Pankratz-Smith entitled&nbsp;<i>Everything Flows Nothing Stands Still</i>, which has been inspired by an aerial view of the Edmonton and the river valley the flows through the center of Edmonton. It’s quite wonderfully done using mosaic, somewhere between literal and abstract and is a very engaging piece; passengers love to stand and take photographs of it and orient themselves relative to the city. A very interesting and unique piece that is absolutely appropriate for this terminal and for this region.</p>

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