Portland International Airport – To Take Us Lands Away

Portland International Airport

Such a pretty airport, I love how various, probably unrelated works of art, work together. I loved how the sculptures in the foreground of the boat and what appears to be a weather vane, pairs nicely with the mural above the terrific Powell’s Books. To steal a phrase from Emily Dickinson’s “There Is No Frigate Like A Book”, the books of Powell’s Books indeed can take you lands away. (-:


Luis Jiménez’s Blue Mustang

Luis Jiménez's Blue Mustang

You can’t arrive at the Denver International Airport without noticing the work of art, “Blue Mustang”. Many do not seem to be a fan of this public work of art, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/02/arts/design/02hors.html

I agree the eyes of the horse are indeed creepy, and it is unfortunate that the sculpture project ended up injuring its sculptor, but I do like a thought-provoking work which meaning is not immediately obvious. The ambiguousness, in relation to this Western area, makes it enchanting.

Welcome Aboard!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard to flight of art…


These three amateur photographs were taken in May 2011 at the Denver International Airport. I was flying from Denver, CO, to Salt Lake City, UT. I had always been in awe of the beauty at the airport coded as “DEN”. This time, however, I also observed how museums (see panel behind the author, Colorado History Center) are fitting partners to engage the public and to enhance passengers’ experience while en route.

Welcome to En Plane Air, a blog examining the art and design in and of air travel.

Last year, I had the privilege to experience public art schemes in several airports, and be captivated by the design used by contemporary airliners. This year, I hope to share about it publicly, as well as I hope it will be another year of great travel.


In 2011, I traveled through the following U.S. states:

  • Vermont,
  • New Hampshire,
  • Maine,
  • Massachusetts,
  • New York,
  • Virginia,
  • Maryland,
  • Tennessee,
  • Georgia,
  • Wisconsin,
  • Colorado,
  • Wyoming,
  • Utah,
  • Montana,
  • Nevada,
  • California,
  • Oregon,
  • and the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

For many of these states, I had the fortune to experience the art scene in airports. Aviation-related places I have been and those I still wish to visit, this blog will explore architecture of air travel, and the art experience as an airline passenger.

SFO Museum

Resolution for 2012? I would like to visit the SFO Museum! Not just that the SFO Museum is uniquely situated in the airport, but also because of its terrific efforts to create a sprawling museum across all its airport concourses.