SHENZHEN BAO’AN INTERNATIONAL
dued paintings of a russian State Ballet dress
rehearsal of Swan Lake.
Last august, the airport hub in Shenzhen introduced
an innovative blend of ancient and modern art—not
to mention a partnership between long-time political rivals. Working together, curators from mainland
china and Taiwan unveiled Riverside Scene at the
Qingming Festival, a renowned painting from the
Song Dynasty that they reinvented as an animated
and interactive piece—viewers can bring elements
to life with the wave of a hand. They also magnified
artist Wen-rong Hsu’s still life of Taiwan scenery
into a stunning, 1,000-foot-long mural.
CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL,
Before airport officials even designed Terminal 2
at BOm, they conceived a sweeping tribute to
indian culture, history and art. They hired noted
indian designer and curator rajeev Sethi to oversee the project, and he set about acquiring some
7,000 artifacts from every corner of the nation,
some of them 1,500 years old, others newly created for the airport. The result, called Jaya He,
consists of two major elements: a series of artworks in the arrivals corridor, and a nearly-2-mile-
long, 60-foot-high wall that curves through T2.
Here you’ll find everything from blown glass to
hammered metal, from traditional gudhari beadwork to a Warli mud wall.
INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT,
Would you care to see the oldest existing book
printed by movable metal type? You may need a
layover at icn. The Jikji, as this Korean Buddhist
document is colloquially known, is found at the
Korean culture museum in concourse 4f. it’s just
one among a staggering collection of treasures
at this airport. Others include an introduction to
Hangul, the Korean alphabet, and examples of traditional Korean architecture (both in Terminal 4f).
You can even watch the reenactment of a Joseon
Dynasty royal procession as costumed courtiers
parade through the duty-free area. p
Above: Mildred Howard's collage of
130 battered saxophones, flanked by
the opening bars of Dizzy Gillespie's
Salt Peanuts, adorns Gate A2 at San
Francisco International Airport.
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