Nashville International Airport Announces Farewell Postcard… 70 Feet Wide!
Nashville International Airport (BNA) has installed new terminal art showing off one of America’s cultural capitals. This 140-foot-tall digital art installation is designed to tell the story of the Nashville area.
Displaying public art on a large screen
The new terminal art in the grand lobby of Nashville International Airport was created by Studio Gentilhomme, a Montreal digital art company, and features two panoramic screens, each 70 feet wide at 24K resolution. Screens show everything from local beauty spots to sports highlights. The idea is to showcase Nashville with the biggest door to the world.
Scenes displayed include, but are not limited to:
- guitar manufacturing
- An exhibition explaining how whiskey is made.
- Nashville at night through the city skyline
- Broadway Street, a thoroughfare in Nashville town center
- Sports in Nashville honoring the city’s American football, soccer, hockey, baseball and other sports teams
- Nature scene showing the nearby Great Smoky Mountains and many bodies of water
Thibaut Duverneix, Founder and Executive Creative Director of Gentilhomme, commented on the installation:
Many visitors passing through the airport may be tempted to return to Nashville, Tennessee, as digital art hangs at the airport’s security screening entrance.
While it doesn’t seem like the most likely place to find artwork, the trend to include artwork in airports is widespread. According to ArtworkArchive.com, airport public art serves as a gateway to local culture.
Art that creates a sense of place, such as hanging small planes on loan from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s Air Museum, display cases showing aviation history at many airports such as Everett’s Paine Field, or Nashville’s Gentilom exhibit expression. It is consistent with the fact that many communities see airports as part of themselves.
But public art can also be calming. Let’s be honest, not everyone is excited to see a plane and fly. Nancy Volmer, director of communications and marketing at Salt Lake City International Airport, explains to ArtworkArchive.com:
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