The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) was established in 2001 by the Florida legislature and is governed by a seven-member board. The JAA operates Jacksonville International Airport, which is funded through user fees instead of local taxes. Quietly, the Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission has worked diligently to create an impressive and award-winning public arts program throughout the airport where many visitors experience our community for the first time. Taking advantage of an invitation from Tucker/Hall's Account Coordinator, Megan Dodd, Metro Jacksonville had the opportunity to participate in the airport's first-ever Arts and Media Day tour.
Javier Marin's Hoy es Hoy was installed in 2006. The 13' tall sculpture was the first permanent exhibit by an international artist at the airport.
The theme of Peter Hite's The River was created to parallel a traveler's viewpoint in the airport's Level 1 baggage claim section. Take a close look and you'll notice it's 300,000 stamps.
The Level 1 Baggage Claim area is also home to rotating Art & Culture cases. These exhibits feature the work of local Not-for-Profits.
Don Martin's Habitation I, II & III murals in the Level 2 Ticketing area were some of the airport's first permanent art exhibits. Habitation's theme represents a visual timeline of development in Northeast Florida.
Time Prentice's Silver Rain is a kinetic structure made of aluminum and rotates with with the movement of travelers within the airport's Connector Bridge concourse.
The Connector Bridge also includes cases for rotating displays. Delicate artwork by artist Hiromi Moneyhun was on display during Metro Jacksonville's visit.
Airworks Studio's Sky Bridges anchors the airport's Connector Bridge concourse. It was installed in 2011 and at $200,000, the exhibit is one of the most expensive at the airport. It was designed with Jacksonville's bridges in mind.
Jim Draper's Healing Palms on 48 glass panels is located at the TSA Security Checkpoint. Jim Draper is a local artist and his studio is located in Riverside's CoRK Arts District.
Concourse Cases for rotating temporary exhibits are spread throughout Concourses A and C. The cases are rotated quarterly. During Metro Jacksonville's visit, the works of Claire Kendrick were being showcased.
Gordon Heuther's Gotta Go is a permanent feature that dominates the view corridors of Concourses A and C. Micro layers of metal give the illusion that colors with the exhibit's "bag" are changing.