What’s one thing museums and airports have in common? Space. Airports are able to host large-scale installations and other bigger works of art mainly because of their size. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
So, the next time you’re passing through the maze of confectionery, perfume and magazine shops, keep in mind that somewhere in your vicinity there is most likely a sculpture, painting or installation waiting to be admired.
Samson by Brian Goggin, Sacramento International Airport
Brian Goggin’s “Samson” is a fun, impressively engineered and brilliantly executed piece. It is quite literally a balancing act, made up of over 700 pieces of luggage placed on two luggage carts, similar to those used on airport aprons. Like a collection of essays compiled between the pages of a paperback, the work invites passengers to imagine the stories hidden within the piled-up suitcases.
Kinetic Rain by German design firm Art+Com, Singapore Changi Airport
When it comes to airport artwork, “Kinetic Rain” sets the bar high. The moving sculpture is the first and largest of its kind, and features over 1,200 bronze droplets. The two separate and symmetrical structures of droplets flow in and out of dialogue with each other, forming patterns that mirror, complement and follow one another. One sequence of movements lasts for 15 minutes, but don’t be surprised if you stay longer to watch the hypnotic spectacle unfold.
Other Worlds – Qatar by Tom Otterness, Hamad International Airport
Tom Otterness’ interactive bronze sculptures will please both young and old. There are eight of them spread throughout Hamad International Airport, inviting passengers to sit on, play and interact with the pieces. With a hint of pop art to them, Otterness’ installations evoke the playfulness of Keith Haring’s work and call to mind the aesthetic of Henry Moore’s sculptures on a slightly grander scale.
Installation in luggage hall 2B by Stefan Lindfors, Helsinki Airport
Lindfors’ installation doesn’t beat around the bush. Commissioned to portray Finland’s wildlife and nature for arriving passengers, the sculptor did just that. The taxidermized animals, live nature footage and ceiling covered with images of wings are sure to inject tourists with a dose of Finland right from the get-go. Make sure to take note of the pattern on the walls, which Lindfors hand drew as a homage to Finnish engineering.