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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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@NatalieMcClure Evening, for further info on your flight you'll need to get in touch with your airline directly https://t.co/AvhFR0TDE6
@TrickyKirky Hi, we've checked with our team and unfortunately no iPad has been found in Security.
Here's a look behind the scenes of our terminal improvement work! Coming next month, 600 seats, cafe, bar & spa! https://t.co/zIK1qR6XsQ
@TrickyKirky We'll check with our team.
Afternoon from LCY, let us know if you're flying away for the bank holiday! https://t.co/VpWnFfXmRE
RT @WooderzJames: Hello @LondonCityAir https://t.co/GbvC038jsE
@SMcDonaldOdgers Sorry to read this, we're experiencing more congestion this morning because of the bank holiday.
@SMcDonaldOdgers Sorry to read this, can you let us know where you are?
@andy_chara have a great flight!
@andy_chara Welcome to LCY! Where are you flying to today?
@JMKingfisher Have a great flight, apologies for the congestion tonight
@JMKingfisher Where are you sitting?
@JMKingfisher For further info please get in touch with airline directly or speak to one of our customer agents https://t.co/Ru3HtMHOxS
@DavidSenogles Apologies, bear with us...
@DavidSenogles Apologise for the congestion this evening, strike action in France is causing some delays
@AnotherEdFoster For further info on your flight please get in touch with your airline directly https://t.co/AvhFR0TDE6
@AnotherEdFoster Apologies for the congestion this evening, French strike action is causing some delays this evening.
@Davie_T we apologise and hope you'll bear with us
@Davie_T We're bringing you 600+ seats with the first stage opening in June.
@keelsburg we apologise for experience and thank you for your patience, we are working on it
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