What Does Art Have To Do With It?

One of my favorite pieces of art in Terminal 2 is local artist Jane Filer’s Friendly Folks. The piece is a tribute to central North Carolina, with its bright colors, influences from countries around the world and fun depictions of local landmarks.

Friendly Folks, located at Bag Claim 1 in Terminal 2, is one of my favorite pieces of art at RDU.

Filer’s piece is just one of six artworks in Terminal 2. And over the years I have discovered that most customers and airport employees have their favorite piece.

When Terminal 1 is completed a similar discussion will begin. The terminal will feature four works of art, and today the RDU board got a sneak peek at two of the concepts.

Catherine Widgery’s Rippples will be featured on the concourse. The piece weaves together three photographic images that are then etched onto glass. The effect: As passengers pass by the piece, they will see what appears to be actual drops of water falling and forming rings on water.

The second piece will be created by architecture glass artist Martin Donlin. His collage will reach two stories and feature brightly colored images representing the Research Triangle Region.

You can check out the concepts here.

Why is art so important to the Airport Authority’s terminal projects? Because, as Catherine Widgery recently pointed out in her proposal, some people find travel to be stressful. Artwork can create a soothing and contemplative moment for travelers. Art also tells our visitors who we are as a region.

The next time you travel through RDU, I hope you take a moment to look at the art in Terminal 2 and in Terminal 1 when it is completed. It just might take you to another place – at least briefly.

What is your favorite artwork in Terminal 2? I would love to know.

About Mindy Hamlin

Mindy Hamlin is the Director of Communications and Community Affairs, overseeing communication strategies for the Airport Authority including the Web site, graphic design, employee communication, social media, publications and much more. She also takes the lead on media relations efforts working with local, national and trade media on airport-related stories. And, she’s not afraid to do a TV interview in a hardhat and pearls.
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