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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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@John_J_C_Moss Hi there, the airport closes at 12.30 on Saturdays.
@kiryukun DM us with more detail and we can get the team to look into it for you
@A318Driver Stunning picture!
RT @A318Driver: Simply beautiful sunrise inbound to @LondonCityAir this morning. A nice end to a long night.... #viewfrommyoffice http://t.
RT @harryharrad: Another busy day @LondonCityAir the only airport in #London @Mr_B_1989 @ops_4 @Ops_officer @tazmac2 @lucasmaximoose http:/…
@mikeschwede Hope you enjoyed your trip, where are you travelling to?
@chelvet Hi we're keeping people informed and vigilant, ensuring basic health and safety practices, keeping a sense of perspective.
@Linda1892 We do have a left luggage facility at the information desk, our team can keep your bags until you are able to check in.
Did you know Hamburg has 2,302 bridges, that's more than Venice & Amsterdam! #FunFactFriday http://t.co/JA5HDLYLne http://t.co/73I6uu23fV
@AlexLowit Well have a good flight and a great trip!
@FFA1908 4pm-7pm is our peak period but a normal service is running today so you shouldn't experience any queues.
@AlexLowit Enjoy, where are you flying to?
@Tmckinnin Looking good today, 18 degrees and blue skies! http://t.co/AIUsfDrQjZ
@Tmckinnin great, yourself?
Good morning from a busy LCY. Let us know if your travelling through today! http://t.co/YEipoAhP2Z
@jsmithjnr Thanks for letting us know, we'll pass this on to the relevant person.
RT @DublinAirport: Helping @British_Airways launch new @DublinAirport-@LondonCityAir service last night. 5x daily from Oct 26. http://t.co/
@ChrisKlopper ...we've passed your feedback on to our team but apologies it wasn't the best experience today.
@ChrisKlopper Apologies that you didn't have a great experience today, unfortunately two of our gates were undergoing maintenance...
@ChrisKlopper Sorry to read this, can you give us a bit more information so we can investigate further for you?
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