Airport art in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #37


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Airport art in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays

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Airport art in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #37

The Art of Recology

Every time I pass through San Francisco, I love viewing all the artwork around the various terminals especially the art wing in the United Airlines terminal. In between the check-in desk to the boarding gates is a long corridor with a wonderful open space dedicated to art work. The revolving art displays include imaginative themes featuring local Bay Area artists. The shows are always impressive and well presented,  so when I’m going through the terminal, I make an effort to come early to the airport to see the latest show.

On my recent trip back to the Bay Area, I was in for a wonderful display of artwork made from recycled materials from the dump. Titled Recology – the colorful displays grabbed me in tracks to spend some time viewing some amazing work from trash found at the dumps.

Here are some highlights of the creative pieces on display at the airport:

Airport art in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #37

Bottle cap dress




Saws and metail fashioned into trees

Saws and metail fashioned into trees


Re-purposed materials turned into art work 


Airport art in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #37

Quilt relief with mixed media




Airport art in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #37

Aluminum collage of graphic patterns




Huge whale tail made of recycled cordage

Huge whale tail made of recycled cordage




Airport art in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #37

City scape made with mix media





Airport art in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #37

Life size hummer made of Styrofoam





The Art of Recology

Life size hummer made of Styrofoam


If you happen to be at the United terminal in San Francisco, take a look at the current exhibits along the main access corridor to the boarding gates. Have you seen any impressive airport art or displays happening at any terminals around the world – please do share them in the comments section below. Thank you for visiting us today, please do check out these other bloggers below by clicking on their links.

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32 Responses to Airport art in San Francisco,Travel Photo Mondays #37

  1. Ruth - Utah March 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Someone has a lot of patience. Wow!

  2. MightyTravels March 26, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Yes – SFO takes it’s airport art seriously. I always spend a couple of minutes before heading to the United Club on the right.

    Btw just followed you on Twitter as well – great travel blog you have 🙂 Looking forward to connect!

  3. ben March 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    I love Saws and metal fashioned into trees. Very cute and artistically done.

  4. Doreen Pendgracs March 25, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    I’m sorry we didn’t have more time to peruse that art at San Fran Airport. I’m always amazed at the art and exhibits one can find at International Airports if you take the time to look. Sure helps pass the time between flights!

  5. Corinne March 25, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Noel, What an interesting museum! Love your photos as usual!

  6. Rajesh March 25, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Beautiful. I like that bottle cap dress.

  7. Molly S March 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    Wow – I love airports with quirky features like this. It makes travelling a whole lot nicer! Particularly love the whale tail.

  8. Psych Babbler March 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    That’s amazing! I loved the bottle cap dress…so colourful and so very creative! 🙂

  9. Catherine March 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Great post Noel! I love airport art installations, and this one is really wonderful. Always amazed what artists can do with “junk”…. my favorite is the whale tail.

  10. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse March 24, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    I really enjoyed that post, since I only ran through the airport once, trying to catch a plane!

    • Noel March 24, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      Yes unfortunately most airports are uninspiring, but there’s a lot of cool art and galleries at the San Francisco airport.

  11. Dennis Kopp March 24, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Noel, I have to admit that I have not seen any airport art like this. Actually since airports seem to turn into shopping malls lately, I don’t even recall seeing anything to the effect of art and certainly nothing like a life-size Styrofoam Hummer… 🙂

  12. travelnwrite March 24, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    What an entertaining display to have at the airport – love it when I can sneak in a ‘gallery’ walk while waiting for flights. SFO is to be commended for this one as are the visionary artists who made it happen.

  13. Rachel M March 24, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    Cool artwork, I especially love the whale tail and Saws and metal fashioned into trees.

  14. Bianca @itsallbee March 24, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    Great photos! I love the tree shaped Saws(?) San Francisco has been on my list for a while now. Hopefully will get to see it soon and hopefully these are still there when I pass through.

  15. jesh StG March 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    My favorites of the art works are the bottle cap dress and the roped whale tail The art in San Francisco somehow often reminds me of that in Berlin.

  16. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} March 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    This artwork is so cool. When I saw the bottlecap dress and the cut up saw trees, I immediately thought of certain people I need to share this post with. I have somehow never been routed through SFO on all our trips back and forth from the USA to Asia. Changi Airport in Singapore has interesting art, and I hear that Oslo has a Munch display. Other airports seem to be rather boring.

  17. muzachan March 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    The Hummer looks great 🙂

  18. Marisol@TravelingSolemates March 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Hi Noel, I have not seen any arts this impressive in airport terminals. These arts you capture are truly exceptional. I particularly like the bottle cap dress and the quilt. Lovely shots.

    • Noel March 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Bummer, I was hoping that someone can chime in and say a cool airport with a great gallery that hopefully I can visit some day….oh well

  19. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin March 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Lol, I thought that Hummer was a real Hummer painted white, its so real looking! Love the saws piece. Take care, Noel.

  20. Rajlakshmi March 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    This is so amazing… Brilliant creativity.

  21. Life Images by Jill March 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    wonderful artworks. I love those trees made from saws. Amazing what we see sometimes in unusual places. Se found an art exhibition in the underground tunnels below SIngapore last year.
    Have a great week, and thanks for hosting.

  22. Mary {The World Is A Book} March 23, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    These are so cool! I love how they created some of these items. We usually fly on Virgin to SFO and now I need to make it a point to go to the United terminal. Love the bottle cap dress dress and the whale tail.

    • The Crowded Planet March 24, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      Love this! Looks like an airport where you’d actually want to spend your time!


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