7 Pieces of Freaky Airport Art That Defy Explanation
Airport administrations valiantly attempt to add a some levity to the travel experience, god bless 'em. Yet in this ongoing quest for whimsy and spectacle,
Take Corncorde , for example, at the Atlanta airport. It's a carved wood piece that's part of the Flying Vegetables series by artist Craig Nutt . It even has a "control tower" made from a carrot. Although I see the motivation behind suspending this crowdpleasing folly above travelers heads, I'm pretty sure I didn't buy a ticket to VeggieTales International Airport. (Als Do they even grow corn in Atlanta? Shouldn't this be a peach?)
While some airports boast actual, accredited museums with curated exhibitions and borrowed works,
like San Francisco International
, most of the time they're commissioning these kind of tactical failures. Why is that? Airports present a perfect storm of airy indoor spaces, plus the deep pockets of subsidized
Add it all up, and it
Vendor with Walkman by Duane Hanson, FLL
If you're moving too quickly through Terminal 3 of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, you might miss Duane Hanson's
Vendor with Walkman
completely. That's because this
Leap by Lawrence Argent, SAC
In Sacramento a 56-foot-long aluminum rabbit is suspended in air between two floors in the airport's new Terminal B. With the large glass atrium behind him, the Giant Red Rabbit appears to have hopped right though the windows of the terminal, making a break for the nearest Cinnabon. Actually, the
is that he's trying to retrieve a piece of luggage which is part of the sculpture, cemented to the ground below. Which is kind of interesting since there's a
giant stack of suitcases
Karim Rashid, EIA
I am sure, at one point, that the great Karim Rashid, king of blobular furniture and swooshy plastic, meant for his fiberglass installation
to evoke the copper that's mined in
Sky's the Limit by Michael Hayden, ORD
In case you want to tweak out between connecting flights, go no further than this light show in a tunnel connecting the B and C concourses at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Sky's the Limit
consists of two moving sidewalks and 466 neon tubes, which is nine neon tubes more than the brain is able to process while jetlagged. It even plays "
Crystal Mountain by Dennis Oppenheim, DFW
It was a tough call, choosing this piece over Dallas' other notable airport artworks-like the
in the North Ticket Hall. But David Oppenheim's
was the winner,
mostly because it looks like what might happen if the Starks hired
Luis Jimenez, DEN
Arriving passengers are likely to hightail it right back out of
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