Many humans dread and try desperately to avoid long airport layovers. Not us. On our adventure to the Galapagos, we swapped a stress-inducing fifty six-minute connection at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) for a 4-hour layover at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Just so we could get a excursion of the art.
Alton DuLaney, Director and Curator of the Public Art Program for the Houston Airport System, changed into type sufficient to meet me for a excursion of a number of his favorites. You can see the overall listing, with photos, in our story for The Points Guy website online.
But I’ve pulled out more than one my favorites right here.
The Houston Airport, which operates each IAH and Hobby Airport (HOU) owns greater than 350 works of artwork, certainly one of the biggest public artwork collections in Texas. Art curator DuLaney is a proponent of showing as a whole lot of the collection as possible. So in case you take a stroll in any path on the airport you will spot artwork. Some of it you’ll love. Some of it you can not take care of. But all of it adds to the revel in of being at the airport.
Countree Music (the ‘tree’ image above), is one of the first works purchased for the airport again in 1991. It is in Terminal A and changed into created by using singer-songwriter Terry Allen. He additionally created the terrazzo ground surrounding the tree that depicts a map displaying Houston as the center of the sector. Pick a niche to stand on that floor near the tree and pay attention: there’s an unique soundtrack of sixteen songs recorded by using Allen with the assist of numerous musicians, which includes David Byrne from the Talking Heads.
The Terminal A Connector Gallery is each filled with art and is a fantastic spot to avoid the noise and hustle of the airport. Here, faraway from the gates and the overhead bulletins, you’ll find 20 vitrines filled with new and present artwork from the gathering- from time to time in the identical show case.
For instance, Fiesta Dancers by way of Luis Jimenez is paired with High Flying by using Larry Schuekler. “Both sculptures discover the joy of dance from two exceptional cultural perspectives,” says DuLaney.
(Photos courtesy Houston Airports)