Although it's the busiest airport in the world with travelers hurrying to domestic and international destinations, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport wants travelers to stop and appreciate Atlanta's contribution to the arts.
While the airport already has a collection of artwork that includes stone sculptures from Zimbabwe, black and white photography of the small town of Talmo, Ga., and intrincate floor mosaics in three concourses, the airport art program will showcase the works of Atlanta photographers until Nov. 17 in the main atrium.
The exhibit, “APG at ATL, the Airport Show,” is a partnership between the airport art program and Atlanta Photography Group, or APG, a nonprofit organization that supports photography in Atlanta. It is also one of many exhibits for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, or ACP, a festival that this year includes 165 events at 125 venues throughout the city.
“We thought it was important to be a part of this exciting festival and this allows us to showcase the work of a variety of artists at the airport,” said Katherine Marbury, one of the art project managers at the airport, about their reason for participating in ACP.
While the festival started 12 years ago with only a few lectures, it now includes lectures, films, portfolio reviews and public art programs throughout Atlanta at venues including the High Museum of Art and the Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta.
Amy Miller, executive director of ACP, told GlobalAtlanta that this airport exhibit is a way to introduce Atlanta to travelers as a center of the arts, specifically photography. The exhibit also embraces photography's growing popularity as technology makes it more accessible to amatuers.
“Everyone loves photography. Everyone is a photographer now with cell phones and digital cameras, so it's a great event for professionals, amateurs and anyone in between,” Ms. Miller said.
Tom Meiss, a member of the board of directors for APG, said that for this particular venue, he was looking for artwork that was big and bold and would stand out in large and busy atrium space.
“We were looking for photographs with a 'wow' factor, photographs that will have the maximum impact in a huge space,” said Mr. Meiss.
Mr. Meiss added that while the photographers are mostly Atlanta artists, the exhibit does not have a southern theme. Instead the exhibit has more of a pop art theme, in the sense that the art “pops visually” and is popular with visitors.
While the art covers a variety of subjects from photographs of safari wildlife to dancers, the images were paired together according to styles or color. For example, a photograph of a girl in water and piece of coral were presented together and appeared to be made for each other, said Mr. Meiss.