Jacksonville International Airport's Arts & Media Day

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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.

Entries to restrooms throughout Concourses A and C are utilized as canvasses for permanent artwork.

Norma Greenwood's and Maureen Healy's Cloudscapes.

Julia Morrisroe's Suspended Time Series.

Gregor Turk's Pictograms.

Matthew Bezark's Repeated Travel.

The airport's Mezzanie Pre-Security area is home to a number of eateries and retailers along with the Sky Gallery and Haskell Gallery.

The Sky Gallery is a location where arriving and departing flights can be seen without the viewer having to pass through the security checkpoint. It is also a space for rotating exhibits and currently features the exhibit Historic Riverside/Avondale.

Haskell Gallery is also a space for temporary exhibits and artwork.  The Laird Cphace Series is currently being displayed.

The public restroom entrance between the Sky and Haskell Galleries features the airport's latest permanent exhibit called Celestial Playground.  New York artist Amy Cheng was present and shared thoughts on the glass and stone mosiac's design with JAA staff and local media members. According to Cheng, "Celestial Playground is designed to impart to the viewer a sense of lightness, a feeling of joy. I like to think that my work provides the facility users with something visually."

New York artist Amy Cheng shares her thoughts on the airport's most recent installation, Celestial Playground, while JIA Arts Commission Coordinator Allie Gloe and Metro Jacksonville's Arash Kamiar look on.

For the more than five million who pass through Jacksonville International Airport each year, JIA is more than a building of function. As these images illustrate, the Public Art Program invites visitors and residents alike to explore the city’s cultural and artistic treasures. For more information, visit http://www.jiaarts.org/

Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com

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