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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Airports cater to art lovers with intriguing installations

The kites in "Kites and Flights," on display at Florida's Jacksonville International Airport, depict birds, insects, clouds, airplanes, balloons, rockets and other flying objects. The kites in "Kites and Flights," on display at Florida's Jacksonville International Airport, depict birds, insects, clouds, airplanes, balloons, rockets and other flying objects. Courtesy Jacksonville International Airport

If you enjoy spending your leisure time visiting art galleries, but instead end up wasting time in airports, you're in luck. This season, many airports around the country are hosting intriguing temporary exhibitions and unveiling new permanent public artwork that can turn a long layover into a cultural adventure. Or at least keep you from getting bored.

Here are some highlights:

Atlanta 

At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, you'll soon find an exhibit of couture fashions made entirely from trash by Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway.

Included among the 18 pieces is an outfit commissioned by Delta Air Lines that Judd has dubbed "Environmental Steward-ess." The vintage-style flight attendant uniform, which includes a hat and purse, is made from worn-out leather seat covers from Delta planes. The purse, made by Tierra Ideas, has a liner made from recycled wool curtains. The best part: The cape, which was inspired by Wonder Woman's invisible plane from early comic book days, is made from outdated seatback safety cards, discarded pretzel bags, old plane tickets and past issues of Sky Magazine.

Find it: The Recycle Runway exhibit opens April 18th and continues until April 2012 in nine cases on Atlanta International Airport's Concourse E. A video about Recycle Runway will also run on the airport's CNN channel at each gate.

San Francisco

The recently rebranded SFO Museum already maintains about 20 exhibit spaces throughout San Francisco International Airport. The museum gets yet another gallery to program in the renovated Terminal 2, which opens to the flying public on April 14th. The first exhibition is as shiny as the new terminal and features bronze candlesticks, pewter and sterling silver bowls and more than one hundred other extraordinary examples of silver and metalwork design and craftsmanship from throughout the world.

Find it: A Century of Silver and Metalwork from the Margo Grant Walsh Collection is post-security in SFO Terminal 2 through October 2, 2011. For those not traveling on American Airlines or Virgin America, the two airlines with gates in T2, there is an online exhibition.

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