Monday, September 27, 2010

Airport Art

On our way to and from San Francisco we spent some time SFO (San Francisco International Airport) and YVR (Vancouver International Airport). There are some really fantastic pieces of artwork in both airports.

This was the first piece that really caught my eye in SFO...

I managed to find some information on the piece on the SFO website. The artist is Mildred Howard and it's called "Salty Peanuts". Quite appropriate :) Here's a detail shot.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any information on these SFO pieces...

Vancouver International Airport has a "spectacular visual display of award-winning art and architecture". Here are a few great pieces that I came across along the way...

The artwork images from YVR are from the YVR Art Foundation website. I photographed the images from SFO.

These larger than life pieces of artwork are certainly awe inspiring and amazing, the last piece measuring 16 feet in diameter. The images hardly do them justice. I think these works also add an element of comfort and beauty to sometimes uncomfortable wait times and layovers.

Have you noticed any artwork at airports in your travels?


Jude said...

How beautiful! I'm particularly blown away by the Vancouver pieces, wow! I do love looking at airport art :) Something about being in-between places & feeling a little surreal makes you contemplate the art carefully :)

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

I've always loved the artwork in Vancouver! Never been to SFO but LAX had a cool display of movie costumes when I was there as a kid!


Anonymous said...

As an employee of SFO Museum, I wanted to let you know that those two other pieces are (respectively) “Namoo House” by Joyce Hsu and “Horse of Another Color” by Robert Hudson. They’re a part of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s collection; about one hundred artworks belonging to the SFAC are on display at SFO. (SFO Museum manages the SFAC artworks installed at the airport.) You can check out their webpage at: http:// They’ve usually got a database online of their collection, but it looks like it’s currently offline for updating.

We’re glad to hear that you like the art at SFO!

Megan Callan
Registrar, SFO Museum
megan.callan at flysfo com

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