Jacksonville Aviation Authority Unveils New Public Art at JAX New Aerial Sculpture Enhances Ambiance of JAX

March 29, 2011

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority and the Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission are proud to present SKY BRIDGES, an aerial sculpture and the 13th addition to the JAA permanent art collection.

SKY BRIDGES, by artists Melanie Walker and George Peters of Airworks Studio, is now hanging from the ceiling of JAX’s newly renovated connector bridge. The aerial sculpture works with the architecture of the connector bridge to amplify the natural light in the bridge’s skylight areas. The arcs in the work relate to the air flight paths of take offs and landings and the structure is reminiscent of the many bridges which are landmarks in the Jacksonville area. The forms literally float in the space by multiple thin suspension cables fanned toward the upper skylight beams.

Kites and Flights, more artwork by Walker and Peters, will be on display in the Haskell Art Gallery through June 2011. Kites and Flights uses kites to depict a variety of flying objects including birds, insects, leaves in the wind, clouds, airplanes, balloons, and rockets.

“Our new public artwork at JAX is a great way to welcome travelers and enhance the ambiance at our airport,” said JAA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Steve Grossman. “Artistic displays such as SKY BRIDGES help put Jacksonville on the map as a unique and modern airport that provides travelers with an unforgettable experience.”

Artists Melanie Walker and George Peters were selected by the JAX Arts Commission from among about 150 responding artists. The pair joined together in 1995 to form Boulder, Colorado-based Airworks Studio where they make a wide variety of public art works based on aerial themes including banner works, mobiles, wind sculptures and suspended installations.

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