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2 JULY 2012
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London City Airport (LCY) has come up with a new way of relaxing passengers before the hustle and bustle of airport security. It has created an art space in its pre-screening area, offering passengers – should they seek it – a moment’s pause for reflection before tackling that most daunting of airport inevitabilities. The space showcases an installation of 12 bronze sculptures, commissioned especially for the airport, 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 a new security infrastructure at LCY.
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.
“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”. www.londoncityairport.com
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