As Austin continues to grow, so does Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) – and this growth generates new opportunities to integrate public art at the airport. Our recently adopted AIPP Public Art Master Plan for ABIA will help ensure that future artwork reflects the identity of the region served by the airport and supports a sense of having arrived in a location that is uniquely Austin. See below for the latest work happening.

Frequently Asked Questions about Funding, Selection, and Public Art at the Airport

CURRENT PROJECTS

AIRPORT ENTRANCE | TERMINAL EXPANSION | PARKING GARAGE AND ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

 

Public Art at ABIA

 

Public Art at ABIA on Flickr

 

AIRPORT ENTRANCE PROJECT

Artist: Janet Echelman

Budget: $2,000,000

Anticipated Completion: 2020

The campus of the Austin Bergstrom International Airport has been an inviting gateway to Austin since it was built in 1999. This public art project is intended to enhance the entrance drive with a unique landmark creating a memorable experience for residents and travelers.

 

Public Art Goals:

  • is dynamic and visually engaging on a monumental scale
  • elicits a memorable sense of place from travelers
  • harmoniously integrates into the site and reflects the nature and character of Austin
  • supports the Airport’s commitment to sustainability
  • contributes to a local, national, and international contemporary art dialogue
  • serves as a significant piece within the artist’s body of work

Status: Artist Janet Echelman was commissioned through a competitive national selection process and approved by the AIPP Panel, Arts Commission, and City Council. Echelman’s final design for the sculpture has been rigorously reviewed as she worked closely with Arts Conservators, Aviation Department staff and the FAA in accordance with all safety measures.  Echelman is currently fabricating and coordinating installation for the over 300’ long sculpture inspired by Austin’s own Mexican Free-tailed bat colony.

 

 

TERMINAL EXPANSION PROJECT - Phase 1

Artist: Janet Zweig

Budget: $950,000

Anticipated completion: 2020

The ABIA Terminal Expansion Project will add approximately 70,000 square feet of new concessions, restroom facilities, and concourse circulation space in the Barbara Jordan Terminal, as well as seven to eight additional gates. The expanded terminal will accommodate an additional 4 million passengers each year, bringing the airport’s annual number of passengers to 15 million. 

Rendering of Janet Zweig's Terminal Expansion Project

Public Art Goals:

  • enhances the traveler’s experience through innovative design
  • distinguishes the airport and reflects the nature and character of Austin
  • supports the Airport’s commitment to sustainability
  • contributes to a local, regional, and national contemporary art dialogue
  • serves as a significant piece within the artist’s body of work

Status: Artist Janet Zweig’s final design for Interimaginary Departures was approved by the Department of Aviation, AIPP Panel and Austin Arts Commission.  The artist is contracted to fabricate the highly anticipated interior sculpture. In commitment to developing the local creative economy, Austin fabricators have been selected to aid in the fabrication process.

 

TERMINAL EXPANSION PROJECT - Phase 2

Budget: $750,000 Divided

Anticipated Completion: 2021

As part of the scope of work for Phase 1, Artist Janet Zweig and ABIA design team have identified additional artwork opportunities in and around the Terminal. These opportunities will be available to artists living in the Austin metropolitan area on the Pre-Qualified Local Artist Pool. 

Rendering of Terminal Expansion Project

 

PARKING GARAGE AND ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

Budget: $1,500,000

Anticipated Completion: 2020

Rendering of Marc Fornes' project for ABIA

Status: Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY’s final design was approved in 2018.  He is currently fabricating the artwork designed to enliven the exterior of the parking garage and create an introductory experience for passengers approaching the terminal.  The artwork will be over 90’ long and 30’ tall.