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New Art Pieces Continue to Shine at Houston’s Airports

Latest exhibits highlight Houston history and importance of NASA

Houston Airport System
November 1, 2010

© Houston Airport System The latest collection of art from the Houston Airport System will not only take you back in time, but into the future as well..

Dramatic art pieces continue to improve the landscapes at both George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) Airports.

The latest additions feature both a historical timeline of the city of Houston, as well as a collection of photographs that chronicle the amazing work performed by the team at the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA).

One of the new exhibits is located in the departure area of Terminal D near the VIP lounge with a comprehensive collection of photos of the International Space Station, and includes a 52-inch high-definition monitor with looping video captured from the space station. Two more displays like this one will be installed at IAH in Terminal D in mid-November.

“We believe that showcasing the International Space Station would be a natural at IAH with the influx of international visitors to the city, says Louis Parker, exhibits manager at the Johnson Space Center. "Our ISS Program Office saw the opportunity to tell the compelling story of exploration with imagery from the orbiting laboratory. We hope the presence of the ISS story at IAH will inform travelers of Houston’s commitment to space.”

“These art pieces will impact customers in very different ways,” says Pam Ingersoll, art curator for the Houston Airport System (HAS). “One takes them on a journey into the past and the other gives them a beautiful view of what’s possible as we move forward into the 21st Century.”

The “journey into the past” involves an art piece called “Timeline of Houston,” and it’s made possible through a partnership with The Heritage Society.”

The exhibit can be found at Hobby Airport between the departure gates and security screening area. Numerous photographs are on display, some of which capture the look and feel of the country’s fourth largest city dating back to the 1830’s. The exhibit aims to both educate and inspire visitors, as it encourages them to learn more about the history of Houston.

At George Bush Intercontinental Airport, art and outer space are coming together to create some amazing images that highlight man’s ultimate exploration, and Houston’s key role in moving that journey forward.

The NASA exhibition can be found in the security screening area of Terminal D at IAH, and it features a collection of oversized photographs highlighting NASA’s accomplishments both in the outer atmosphere, as well as at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“There is such a strong connection between the city of Houston and the work that goes on at NASA,” Ingersoll says. “It just made perfect sense to bring that spirit of adventure to an airport setting, especially here in Houston.”

The exhibit includes seven oversized panels, each of them approximately twelve-feet wide and featuring multiple photographs. The pictures found on the boards include shots of astronauts, satellite structures and technical experts working on the ground.

The NASA photographs are slated to remain inside Terminal D for approximately two years. A separate NASA exhibit featuring video can also be found in the terminal’s gate area.

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