A few weeks ago I had to pick Michael up at the International Airport in Atlanta.

While I was waiting for him, I noticed this “blob” suspended from the ceiling….

….and marked as “AirportArt”.

Okay…it is somewhat interesting!!

THEN, I looked closer and realized that it was made from a series of chains and was moving in the wind…..

Oh, how I would love to capture that sort of movement in a quilt!!!

Airport Art – Mumbai India

In 2015, Michael and I flew from Bangalore India to Kathmandu Nepal to begin our 10 day trek in the Himalayas. It was a wonderful adventure that you can read about starting HERE, but that trip is not the point of this post!! Our one stopover on the trip was an adventure in art!!

Probably the most beautiful and art filled airport that I have ever visited was Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai India.

We just had a short time in one terminal but I was super impressed!!

The light fixtures were all sculpted as flowers in various stages of opening…..

They were gorgeous….

One of the walls had this interesting display of designs…..

….but my favorite were these fabric walls….

They were done in a typical India fiber style (called Kantha) where different shapes of fabrics are layered together and then long stitch “quilting” is added to pull the design together.

As an aside….I have been thinking about playing with this artform myself!!!

Even the bathrooms were marked artistically…..

I wasn’t able to take photos of the outside or the check-in area of the airport but these are some from online that will give you a further idea of the creativity of this airport…..

Our time there was a short, fun interlude at the start of an amazing adventure!!! I hope we have a long layover there someday so that I can explore ALL of the art of this beautiful airport!!!

Airport Art – Hartsfield Jackson

I truly enjoy being in airports. I love watching the people that are traveling thru, seeing what types of clothes they are wearing and wondering exactly where their final destination will be.

The newest phenomena that I have seen is the appearance of art galleries in the terminals themselves and this has made traveling even more fun!!

On our last trip thru Hartsfield Jackson airport in Atlanta, I was excited to see a sculpture gallery running along the walkway between the T-Gates and the A Terminal…..

It is sad to say that if we had decided to take the train rather than walk, we would have missed this entirely!! It makes me want to walk the entire airport to see what else I am missing!!!

There were several different artists who created these works but most were created in the same style. Here are my favorites……enjoy

“Woman Showing Traditional Salute” by Edronce Rukodzi
“Caring Mother” by Lameck Bonjuisi
“Who Will Raise the Child” by Gladman Zinyeka
“Galactic Dancer” by Tapfuma Gutsa
“Hwata (Secretary Bird)” by Amos Supuni
“Generation Pyramid” by Gedion Nyanhongo

I had two favorites that I have left for last. This next one is called “Leap Frog” and I love the abandon that I feel in the young child who is leaping!!

“Leap Frog” by Dominic Benhura

This final one is called “Conversation” and was the only one sculpted by a female.

“Conversation” by Agnes Nyanhongo

In looking closely at the heads and faces, I think that she perfectly caught the moment!!

This was a wonderful distraction in the midst of COVID, facemasks and social distancing!!!!