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Art Exhibitions

As part of its expansion and renovation, LAX has transformed many of its public spaces into art spaces by featuring temporary art exhibitions and installations throughout the airport. Presented in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LAX features 11 exhibition sites located in Terminals 1, 2, 3, Tom Bradley International Terminal, 6, and 7.

Current Exhibitions

 Terminal 2 Departures Atrium Flow and Glimpse-sm
Flow and Glimpse, Barbara Strasen
Photo credit: Panic Studio LA

Terminal 2, Departures Atrium 
Flow and Glimpse  
By Barbara Strasen 
(Open to the public)

Flow and Glimpse depicts the rich textures and diversity of Los Angeles, providing a fresh view of the city and its relationship to contemporary life. Situated in the terminal’s atrium, on the publicly accessible side of the security checkpoint, this large-scale installation features 90 lenticular panels, so that the visible images change in response to the location of the viewer, providing an engaging and dynamic experience for travelers as they move through security. Each panel juxtaposes two images – one featuring a flow of textures and the other a detailed and diverse glimpse of L.A. –organized thematically on six walls of the atrium. The lenticular lenses are carefully choreographed, with the texture of the flow images uniting the different groups, while the fleeting glimpse images move along according to theme and context, in a way that suggests a dialogue among them, inviting the viewer to discover connections between seemingly dissimilar images.

Elevate, Joyce Dallal
Photo credit: Panic Studio LA

Terminal 3, Departures Atrium 
By Joyce Dallal 
(Open to the public)  

Elevate transforms the terminal’s atrium in dramatic fashion, surrounding travelers as they approach security with two bird-like formations of paper airplanes suspended in flight. This visually stunning installation consists of hundreds of colorful and seemingly delicate paper airplanes, handmade from Japanese paper and imprinted with excerpts from the Third (1929) and Fourth (1949) Geneva Conventions, international treaties addressing the treatment of civilians and prisoners during war. Interspersed among these are white paper planes printed with the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which details fundamental rights for all peoples. Echoing the power and fragility of these accumulations of words, the paper airplanes simultaneously recall military formations and flocks of birds spiraling upward. They reference the Japanese tradition of folding one thousand origami cranes for luck, long life, and peace.

Art About the Environment
Art About the Environment, curated by Jay Belloli

Terminal 3, Arrivals Hallway 
Art About the Environment 
Curated by Jay Belloli 
(Open to the public)  

Art About the Environment is a group exhibition featuring artworks that reveal insights and concerns about our natural environment through installation, mixed-media paintings, drawings, photography, collage, and hand-cut paper sculptures. Early and influential pioneers in the field of environmental art, the work of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison is featured along with eight Southern California artists who are also concerned with environmental issues in their work. From the Harrisons’ ecological proposal offering visual and text strategies to address water levels in the San Francisco Bay, to the art collective Fallen Fruit’s site-specific installation that traces the loss of fruit orchards and the canning industry through vividly hued narrative photographs, the featured artworks convey optimism and melancholy over our relationship with nature. Artists represented in this exhibition are Kim Abeles, John Bache, Laurie Brown, Merion Estes, Fallen Fruit, the Harrisons, Sant Khalsa, Tao Urban, and Pat Warner.

Three Forms to Incite Rain - Public Art
Three Forms to Incite Rain, Duane Paul 
Photo credit: Panic Studio LA  

LAX, Tom Bradley International Terminal, Arrivals/Customs 
Three Forms to Incite Rain 
By Duane Paul
(On view for ticketed passengers)

Three Forms to Incite Rain is an installation by Duane Paul featuring four site-specific abstract sculptures that symbolize the beauty, energy, and vulnerability of California’s landscape. At the center of the display case, three wall-mounted sculptures, whose title and cloud-like shapes reference California’s severe drought, feature intersecting forms that are reminiscent of the region’s highways, symbolizing the continuous connective tissue of urban Los Angeles. Using repetition and vivid color, Paul takes multi-colored plywood bands, and strips from them layers of paint to evoke a velvety-worn surface that has endured wear and tear. Shaped into clustered and crisscrossed curved arrangements, Paul envisioned the sculptures as talisman objects that represent elements of nature: earth, sky, and water. Together, these objects embody a desire for rain. In contrast to the three billowing sculptures, a fourth free-standing sculpture rises up vertically in an assemblage of colorful, distressed objects, rooted cactus-like and resilient. The mixture of materials, colors, and textures of the four sculptures invite us to contemplate our relationship to nature, to urban life, and to each other.


About LAWA Art Program
Initiated in 1990, the purpose of the LAWA Art Program is to provide opportunities for educational, entertaining, and enriching cultural experiences for the traveling public at LAX and LA/Ontario International Airports and the LAX FlyAway® bus terminal. The program showcases local and regional artists through temporary exhibitions and permanent public art installations, which enhance and humanize the overall travel experience for millions every year. For additional information, please visit www.lawa.org.

About Los Angeles International Airport
LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world and second in the United States. LAX served nearly 70.7 million passengers in 2014. LAX offers 692 daily nonstop flights to 85 cities in the U.S. and 928 weekly nonstop flights to 67 cities in 34 countries on 59 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with over two million tons of air cargo valued at over $91.6 billion. An economic study in 2011 reported that operations at LAX generated 294,400 jobs in Los Angeles County with labor income of $13.6 billion and economic output of more than $39.7 billion. This activity added $2.5 billion to local and state revenues. LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

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As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.