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Zen and the art of Airport security sculpture takes flight at London City Airport

21/06/2012

London City Airport has created an art space in its security pre-screening area, offering passengers – should they seek it – a moment’s pause for reflection amidst the hustle and bustle of airport security.

The space showcases an installation of 12 bronze sculptures, commissioned especially for the airport, which act as a metaphor for the passenger journey through the airport.
 
Depicting a business traveller gradually morphing into an aeroplane – hands and feet becoming ailerons, jacket becoming wings – the sculptures (along with display screens and facilities for passengers to dispose of liquids) complete a sizeable investment in security infrastructure at LCY. This investment has been instrumental in reducing average queue time for security at the airport to less than two minutes, improving customer experience and state of being.
 
Displayed on permanent pedestals in the pre-screening space, the artwork series is a metaphor for the conformity that all air travellers accept as they pass through the various stages of the journey to departure – via check-in and security, through departure lounge to gate and finally to boarding. During this sequence of events – which takes around 20 minutes at London City Airport – passengers abandon themselves to the experience of air travel, adapting their behaviours to the requirements of the process. 

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@hellomilo Sorry to read this, is there anything we can help with?
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@CymbelineMedia Sorry to read this, is there anything we can help with?
@tompatrickvocal we'll pass on your feedback about signage, would appreciate if you could let us know if you were before or after security.
@tompatrickvocal Sorry to read this, can you let us know which ones you're referring to and we can get this sorted asap.
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@JoshAbrams Thanks for letting us know, we'll certainly pass this on to the wider team.
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@pinkalarmclock We'll pass this on to our team for you, thanks for the feedback.
@pinkalarmclock Is there anything we can help with?
@JoshAbrams Sorry to read this, are you able to give us any further detail?
@David131Jones For the latest info on your flight you'll need to get in touch with your airline directly http://t.co/AvhFR0TDE6
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@GemPinkney could you DM us your details so we can help further?
@Operatraveller so this feedback will be useful to them.
@Operatraveller seating is something we're working on & our security team are currently trialling a new system to speed up process...
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