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Art at Orlando International Airport
It is always a pleasure to fly in or out of Orlando International Airport (MCO), and we look forward to stepping off the ‘plane and walking through its stunning interior. Many airports are introducing art to make them more vibrant and friendly, and Orlando International Airport is no exception. This wonderful modern airport has some amazing artwork, which makes it one of the most attractive in the world. There is something for everyone, and it enhances the already stunning walkways and halls of this fascinating airport.
Here are some of our favourites – there are many more to look out for
If you are in the main terminal this amazing creation, ‘The Traveler’ by Duane Hanson can be found airside near the security checkpoint. I defy anyone not to take a second look at this exhausted traveller, who has managed to find a place to shut his eyes before his flight. It is so realistic that the first time we encountered it we had to stop and examine it – even though it was in a glass case, we just could not believe that it was not a real person. With his leg stretched out in front, he leans wearily on his holdall, and has just shut his eyes for a quick nap, totally oblivious to the hustle and bussle surrounding him.
Bruce Marsh provides another favourite, this time a triptych. His stunning photographs of the seashore, called ‘Gulf’, ‘Keys Water’ and ‘Water Weeds’, can be found in the main terminal at the AGT Station, West. In the same location, at the AGT Station, there is another, but very different, triptych by Steve Loz, entitled ‘Florida Dream’. It is a colourful mural in vivid colours which so typify the sunshine state.
I think my favourite pieces are by the artist Sharon Roadcap, and these are to be found in the North Walk of the main terminal, around the shops. They are simply stunning wildlife pictures, etched in panels of glass. They are delicately executed, and finely detailed. A huge bald eagle dominates one huge panel, its powerful talloned feet stretched out in front ready to grasp its prey, whilst above, its huge wings beat, in order to keep it suspended in mid air. On another glass panel there are deer, sprinting fast, legs extended, whilst on another a bear lumbers through the grass. Several panels celebrate the beautiful birds which abound in the Florida everglades, delicate cranes, just landed, wading birds strutting through the wilderness, tall, regal looking flamingos in a landscape of palm trees and tropical vegetation. A fearsome alligator, its huge powerful jaws open wide to show those devastatingly sharp teeth, lies in the shallows, awaiting its next feed.
But if you want something amusing then look for ‘Leoguana Da Vinci’ by Suzi Edwards and Ricky Rudden, in the main terminal. It is a sculpture of an iguana, finished with hundreds of shimmering mosaic tiles, but with a saucy smile and a knowing glint in his eye.
There are many more exciting pieces of artwork to be found throughout this amazing airport, both inside and outside. Just look and you will see vibrant wall panels, modernistic sculptures, and stunning windows. There is truly something for everyone, you just need to stop a while and gaze around you.
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