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Who's Playing The Piano at Heathrow Airport? No One, Actually

April 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

This week's Jaunted Field Trip will be coming from London and Liverpool. Got a question about either of these cities? Let us know and we'll answer it for you. Don't forget to check HotelChatter's latest news from London and Liverpool too.

When landing at Heathrow International Airport in London after a long-haul flight, you're probably focused on two things--one, staying awake and two, making it to customs before a mad rush of people fill up the queue. But if you can take a moment to look around, you might just be entertained by a "ghost-playing" piano like this one we saw at Terminal 3 arrivals.

The pianos were placed around Heathrow to welcome guests for the 2012 Summer Olympics but at that time, anyone was free to play them. Now, Heathrow has roped a few of the pianos off and hired machines to tinkle the ivories. (There's another piano once you get through customs.)

But while we admired this piano for exactly 15 seconds, we were quick to make our way to the notoriously long customs lines.

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Hawaiian Street Art Comes Off the Street And Heads to the Airport

Where: Honolulu
March 26, 2015 at 10:15 AM | by | ()

There's no need to hit the streets of Honolulu to catch a glimpse of the city's cool street art because you might just spy some on the tarmac before deplaning. Thanks to some creative minds at Hawaiian Airlines, a simple airport catering truck can make it feel as if you've taken a trip to downtown and Chinatown.

The airline has painted one of it's ground service trucks at Honolulu International Airport to act as a mini-art exhibit for travelers. Teaming up with street artists, BMD, to do the artsy side, the truck-turned-canvas is brightly covered with unique hieroglyphics focusing on the vibrant natural landscapes, native animals and cultural background that are common not only to Hawaii, but the South Pacific region.

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Beijing Comes to Chicago at The United Terminal at O'Hare

January 27, 2015 at 3:32 PM | by | ()

The United Terminal at Chicago O’Hare International Airport just got a little artsier.

“City Windows,” a permanent art installation has been unveiled near gate B19, It was created by Chinese artist Qiao Xiaoguang and it’s pretty awesome. So awesome, it might not make us so pissed off to fly United anymore.

The ancient art of Chinese paper cutting was used to create a panorama of iconic images from Chicago and Beijing. The images highlight landmarks like Navy Pier and the Willis Tower in Chicago, and Tiananmen Square and the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The display symbolizes the deep friendship and cultural and business connections between Chicago and China, and can also be viewed from outside the airport when approaching the terminal.

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The Little Things: Icelandair's Little Pieces of Icelandic Poetry

May 9, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | ()

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Icelandair's dedication to Iceland culture, both in the airport and their aircraft.

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Why Indianapolis Airport Won't Be Hanging Their Newest Bought and Paid For Artwork

February 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | ()

A weird fight has been happening at Indianapolis International Airport lately, over the possibly installation of art glorifying Justin Bieber and his super popular follower tagline, Belieber. See—we promised it was weird.

The whole story began when airport officials wanted to brighten up their walls with some trendy art and so called upon home-grown artist, Tre Reising, to conjure up a piece which would encourage interaction. Reising then proposed a colorful piece made up of the hashtag #Belieb, originally intended for flyers to snap their photo with the art and upload it to their favorite social media. Seems like a win-win for the airport and the artist. Not exactly.

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Gandolf Blows into Wellington on a Giant Eagle Admist Hobbit Buzz

January 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM | by | ()

We've come to that special time again when a new Hobbit movie is released and entire nation of New Zealand goes gaga for all things Gandolf and Bilbo. In the air, the giant Smaug took to the skies with Air New Zealand and now the folks at Wellington International Airport have, again, gotten into the fun.

In 2012, the airport installed a giant (not to mention so realistic it was creepy) Golum above its food court to share in the excitement of the newest movie. Now, airport visitors are greeted by two Great Eagles suspended from the ceiling and Gandolf perched on top of one of the 2,000lb sculptures.

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Take Your Pick and Vote for Your Favorite Airport Art

October 31, 2013 at 6:42 AM | by | ()

There’s all kind of great stuff to check out at the airport, but one thing that we may overlook is the airport art. We’re usually focused on restaurants, lounges, and WiFi access, but airport art is that little bit extra that keeps things classy within the concourse. There are others that agree, and the people over at 10Best and USA Today are now getting together to help pick out the very best in airport art—at least in the United States.

There are 20 airports from which to choose, and they’ve been selected for their unique takes on decorating the terminals. Entries from spots like Boston-Logan, San Francisco International, and Seattle-Tacoma are all available, and you can click on each to check out a photo and get a little background information. As for airport artwork snubs are concerned, we could suggest a few, including the lack of a nomination for the neat stuff over at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

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Peruse an Art Gallery During Your Next LAX Layover

August 8, 2013 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

Thanks to celeb restaurants and flashy airline lounges, a long layover can actually be an enjoyable experience. Now, Los Angeles International Airport is temping art-loving travelers to wander the halls of almost all terminals while appreciating various works of art from local LA artists.

The art exhibition, influx: Art at LAX, is part of the celebration for the completion of Tom Bradley International Terminal along with various other expansions and renovations. In total, the exhibit will deck the walls of 8 out of the 9 terminals giving passengers something to do for a few hours during a layover or on their way to baggage claim.

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Gollum Goes to Wellington Airport, in a Big Way

October 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

New Zealand has been gearing up for a big Hobbit adventure for some time, from the national airline donning Hobbit costumes for a fun take on a safety video to tours specially designed for fans of elves and wizards. Now, the movie fun starts when people land in NZ to visit Middle Earth.

Ahead of the November 28th NZ release of the first film from the new Tolkien trilogy, Wellington Airport is getting in the mood and tarting up their terminal in a big way. Imagine enjoying a meat pie in the food court or saying final good-byes and, hanging over your head with a giant's proportions, is a massive sculpture of Gollum, the scrawny, pale creature from the films. The installation features the character grabbing to eat the sweet, juicy fish (also sculptures) as his mouth bubbles in creepy excitement.

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Miami Airport Still Reminisces About the 1920s

April 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM | by | ()

We've already told you about the awesome dog paintings at Miami International Airport, but there's another exhibition at MIA we consider a must-see, and it's one that's been there for, like, ever.

This one's called The Roaring Twenties and Thirties in Miami Beach (they had us at roaring) and it's a collection of vintage photographs by Claude Matlack, who worked in Miami and Miami Beach between 1918 and 1942. During the twenties, his lens was focused on the beauties of the beach, and the gents who hung around them in matching dorky bathing suits.

The series on display, which comes from the Historical Museum of South Florida, is located at MIA's Central Terminal E, level 2, just before and just past the security checkpoint.

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Denver Airport May Not Have The Best Food, But It Sure Is Pretty

October 18, 2010 at 3:52 PM | by | ()

Why, isn’t this the prettiest little airport you ever did see? We’ve heard lots of good things about Denver International Airport being up there in the stylish airport ranks, but we’d assumed its fashionista status was confined to its outside appearance of the snowy peaks on top of the building.

Not so! There was, as we found out last week, art everywhere, from the peak-shaped tiles on the floor to the train-off-the-rails-type installation at the shuttle station.

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San Diego Airport Offers a Spot to Sleep and Plug In Your Computer

June 11, 2010 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

When we are at the airport waiting for our flight, we like to grab a seat with a view of the planes. But at the San Diego International Airport, we don't mind plopping down on one of these comfy rocking chairs outside of the security check and baggage claim in Terminal 1.

The seats are always full, and as you can tell from the photo, travelers plunker down to do everything to rock themselves to sleep to relax with a magazine. But we think it's the perfect place to sit with our computer. There's a bunch of outlets and the airport offers free WiFi, which means we could rock there forever.

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