• Chelsea Pacella

Just Look Down for Art

Updated: Jun 21, 2018


The Dallas/Fort Worth airport boasts an art collection worth over 8 million dollars! International Terminal D is the epicenter of DFW's multimillion dollar Public Art Program along with accompanying works of art Skylink train stations. More than 30 local, national and international artists designed the commissioned artwork inside the terminals. Dennis Oppenheim’s “Crystal Mountain” is a gargantuan 30x45 feet! This large, aluminum-frame sculpture, inspired by crystal, is located at the north side of Terminal D and includes an arched tunnel through its center wide enough for two-way pedestrian traffic. The DFW Sculpture Garden features sculptures on loan from the Nasher Sculpture Center, located just outside the Terminal D parking garage on the arrivals level.


Look down for spectacular floor art in the departure level of the D concourse at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. A work by Richard Zapata is colorful 20-foot diameter circular floor medallion with three horses flying through the journey of life. The red horse represents the blood of man, the blue horse represents Mother Earth, and the yellow horse represents the power of God. “The Destination Game” is another 20-fout floor medallion in the same area, created by Pamela Nelson. Designed as a variation of the traditional Parcheesi game board, passengers can choose to actually play the game and move to the center. The three-letter airport codes for international destinations are spaces along the way. Arthello Beck’s floor medallion, “Cypress Trees”, contains a mix of cypress trees and egrets inspired by actual scenes from East Texas at Caddo Lake.


DFW has done a great job supporting the arts, with installations adorning each terminal and all the transportation points in-between. If you are an art lover, you will be pleasantly surprised on your layover with opportunities to spot beautiful artwork and even interact with several installations. The turquoise maze located in Terminal D, entitled Circling by Christopher Janny, will not only catch your eye but delight the little travelers in your crew....a perfect opportunity to burn off some energy.


Insider Tip: Visitors hoping to see DFW’s art can schedule a free walking tour online at dfwairport.com/art. The docent-led tour takes between 60 and 90 minutes, both behind and in front of security. (Non-ticketed visitors must bring an ID. All visitors must be prepared to go through the security checkpoint.)

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