May 21 2013 Latest news:
Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Passengers travelling through London City Airport can now take a break from their hectic lives and enjoy an installation of specially commisioned sculptures.
A newly created art space contains a series of 12 bronze sculptures which act as a metaphor for the passenger journey through the airport.
Depicting a business traveller gradually morphing into an aeroplane – hands and feet becoming ailerons, jacket becoming wings – the sculptures (along with display screens and facilities for passengers to dispose of liquids) complete a sizeable investment in security infrastructure at the airport.
This investment has been instrumental in reducing average queue time for security at the airport to less than two minutes and improving customer experience.
Displayed on permanent pedestals in the pre-screening space, the artwork series is a metaphor for the conformity that all air travellers accept as they pass through the various stages of the journey to departure – via check-in and security, through departure lounge to gate and finally to boarding.
Melanie Burnley, Director of Terminal Services for London City Airport, believes the statues have brought unrivalled quality and elegance, not only to the security area, but to the terminal building as a whole.
She said: “We’re delighted with the statues that Mel Chantrey (a Turner Prize nominee) has created for us – they’re not only striking pieces of art, but will also help guide and channel passengers through this space, all the time giving them pause for thought and enriching their airport experience.
“The pre-security search area in an airport can be – as any air traveller knows – chaotic and hassled.
“Ours isn’t – we’re very proud of the sub-two minute queue time we achieve - and now we’re offering a little bit of Zen to take away.”