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Brief Published: 17 Oct 2011

California’s Art-Filled Airport


Last week saw the opening of Sacramento International Airport in California after a $1bn (£6.3m) redevelopment. This included the commissioning of $6m (£3.8m) of public artwork to keep passengers visually engaged while they wait for flights.

The new Terminal B is three times larger than the previous terminal, and includes murals, paintings, interactive sculptures and a mosaic floor. Plus, as its pièce de résistance, there is a 56-foot-tall bright red aluminium hare leaping into a giant suitcase.

The creatives behind the project – Dallas-based architects Corgan Associates and international practice Fentress Architects – confirm that design inspiration came from Sacramento’s own tree-lined streets.

A steel grid stretched across the facades combined with environmentally friendly low-E glass (which reflects or absorbs heat energy) allows the region’s abundant sunlight to illuminate the 700,000 sq ft concourse in a pattern resembling the shady reflection of trees on the street.

Sacramento International Airport

Corgan Associates

Fentress Architects