4-hour layover at IAH airport? Lucky you!

Greeting from Houston – mural by means of Daniel Anguilu and Frank Nathan. Pictured: Art Curator Alton DuLaney and

Many human beings dread and try desperately to avoid long airport layovers. Not us. On our adventure to the Galapagos, we swapped a pressure-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 may want to get a excursion of the artwork.

Countree Music by using Terry Allen – created 1999

Alton DuLaney, Director and Curator of the Public Art Program for the Houston Airport System, become type enough to fulfill me for a tour of a number of his favorites. You can see the total list, with images, in our tale for The Points Guy site.

But I’ve pulled out a couple of my favorites here.

The Houston Airport, which operates both IAH and Hobby Airport (HOU) owns more than 350 works of art, one in every of the largest public art collections in Texas. Art curator DuLaney is a proponent of showing as a great deal of the gathering as possible. So in case you take a walk in any course on the airport you may spot artwork. Some of it you’ll love. Some of it you can no longer care for. 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 back in 1991. It is in Terminal A and was created with the aid of 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 close to the tree and pay attention: there’s an authentic soundtrack of sixteen songs recorded via Allen with the assist of diverse musicians, along with David Byrne from the Talking Heads.

Fiesta Dancers by using Latino artist Luis Jimenez proven along High Flying through Larry Schuekler

The Terminal A Connector Gallery is each packed with artwork and is a exceptional spot to keep away from the noise and hustle of the airport. Here, far from the gates and the overhead bulletins, you’ll locate 20 vitrines filled with new and existing art work from the gathering- sometimes inside the same show case.

For example, Fiesta Dancers by Luis Jimenez is paired with High Flying by using Larry Schuekler. “Both sculptures explore the joy of dance from one of a kind cultural views,” says DuLaney.

(Photos courtesy Houston Airports)

Museum Monday highlights from Viking.TV

Courtesy Kon-Tiki Museum

We’re placing off for Iceland in some weeks to join Viking for one in every of their Welcome Back cruises. So we had been poking around the organization’s internet site.

One stunning resource there for the overall public is Viking.TV. It turned into created in response to the pandemic and this channel is chock complete of videos approximately artwork, lifestyle, history, meals, song, structure, and destinations around the arena.

Our favourite function is Museum Monday. Stop in and you’ll see that there are actually extra than 60 videos about museums and collections. inclusive of some extremely good in the back of the scene tours.

You’ll locate your personal favorites, but right here are some of the movies that captured our interest and our imagination this week. We started with a go to to the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, home to Thor Heyerdahl’s authentic Kon-Tiki raft and the papyrus boat Ra II.

We additionally went down a rabbit hole at London’s British Museum mastering about how prepared the museum for lockdown and toured the gathering of the Alaskan gadgets at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, England.

What we’re watching: Museum Masterpiece Moments

Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin” on the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

We are getting ready to get on the street. And we are making a listing of museums we need to visit and artwork we need to look.

So we were pleased to discover the “Masterpiece Moments” collection of short, five-7 minute motion pictures that Bank of America started out putting out in January.

The capabilities show off works of art in the collections of 25 museums across the u . s . a .. And there’s a brand new video rolling out each two weeks.

Here are just a few of our favorites. You can sign on to get signals whilst a brand new video is released and notice the complete list of collaborating museums here.

Museums are establishing across the u . s . a .

Are you ready to visit a museum? If so, it’s a great bet you’ll discover a museum close to you that’s open, or getting to equipped to open its doorways to the (masked ) public again soon.

Here are some of the museums we’ve got on our listing.

Seattle’s Museum of Flight

It changed into lovable while animals from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo were given to go to the Museum of Flight. But we were nevertheless jealous. Now we’re glad human beings can visit the museum too.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry. The museum’s series can be regarded online. In the artifact segment, we discovered this talking GI Joe Astronaut from 1970.
“When his canine tag is pulled, GI Joe narrates his way thru a lunar project, from liftoff to Moon touchdown to splashdown.”

Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum 

The Mütter Museum is a scientific museum with a long way-ranging collections of anatomical specimens, fashions, and clinical units. Einstein’s mind is here. And so is a specimen from John Wilkes Booth’s vertebra.

We’ve spent plenty of time with Memento Mütter, the museum’s online exhibit of more than 60 gadgets from the Museum’s series, approximately half of of which are not on public show.  If you check it out, be warned that the paper mache eyeball is one of the least alarming objects you’ll see.

Now that the museum has reopened, there’s a new exhibit of snap shots by way of Nikki Johnson, who were given to go in the back of-the-scenes on the museum and create still-lifestyles pics of items that intrigued her.

Fashioning Art from Paper at Louisville’s Speed Art Museum

A new exhibit at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY functions lifestyles-length costumes that appear to be material but are in reality crafted from paper. Beginning in 1994, Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave started creating these superb paper works. She ended up with 4 collections ranging from the fashion of Elizabeth I to 20th century Venice and tributes to well-known artists like Picasso and Matisse. All 4 collections are part of this showcase.

The museum made a video of the ‘unboxing’ of some of the attire in the show off.

Travel Tidbits: Road Trips, Rock Hall Awards, new airport artwork, greater

Road Trip? Atlas Obscura wants to pass along

The folks at Atlas Obscura have a new e-book out. And a brand new daily podcast.

In their new ebook Rogue Routes, Atlas Obscura and Nissan outline fifty uncommon drives via america. You can download a PDF at no cost right here. And the Atlas Obscura each day podcast (well, Monday – Thursday) promises 15 minutes of “exploration and celebration of a number of the sector’s maximum wondrous, surprising, even atypical locations.”

Rock Hall of Fame schedules induction for Cleveland in October

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will host the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio this yr on October 30, 2021.

This 12 months’s nominees include Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, JAY-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick.

Have a favorite? Fans can vote for his or her favourite nominees now thru April 30, 2021 at The pinnacle 5 artists decided on by way of the public will comprise a “lovers’ ballot ” that gets tallied along side the other ballots to select the 2021 final inductees.

Quito Airport’s new public space layout

Last March, Covid-19 put a halt to a scheduled maintenance undertaking for the general public areas of Ecuador’s Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport. But while the u . s . determined that construction initiatives may want to continue, the airport went ahead with the protection challenge.

In addition to changing a massive swatch of ceramic flooring with Brazilian granite, furnishings specifically designed for the airport became set up. New greenery, along with vertical gardens, changed into added and a sculpture (above) made with neighborhood balsa wooden from sustainable forests turned into established within the center of the departure corridor.

Alaska Airlines offers unfastened flights for CA residents

If you stay in California and you hurry, you may be able to score a loose flight from Alaska Airlines.

The first 25,000 California citizens who sign on for Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan by using March three 2021 gets a flight within California for (almost) unfastened. You’ll best need to pay taxes and costs – from $15 each way. Details right here.

Art exhibit showcases WWII Trench Art

On Thursday, March four, The National WWII Museum in New Orleans opens its newest special exhibit “SOLDIER showcase consists of greater than a hundred and fifty artifacts and souvenirs, which includes ashtrays, rings, gear and cookware, radios, and musical contraptions that discover the military hobby of making art, souvenirs, and gear out of the discarded substances and waste of warfare. 

From the show off notes:

The practice of making trench artwork is as old as navy struggle itself. During the American Revolution, prisoners of struggle created ship models from the bones in their rations. Soldiers in the Civil War carved charms and trinkets from lead bullets. World War I added the appearance of “conventional” examples of trench art—and gave call to the activity—as adjustments in technology provided squaddies with the cloth that quality characterised the art shape: the brass cartridge. During World War II, a extra mechanized navy presented multiplied get admission to to the equipment needed to style trench artwork, and the artifacts have become extra varied in form and had been produced in more quantity.

New call for the San Diego Zoo

Today, March 3, is World Wildlife Day and the San Diego Zoo Global is marking the day through turning into San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA).

The new brand underscores how the health of flora and fauna, humans, and the environment are interconnected and connected to the health of our planet.

A new mural through international-famend artist, Romero Britto, is being unveiled today to mark the rebrand and Alaska Airlines is donating 1 million miles to assist the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s efforts.