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New artwork at airport celebrates modernity, movement

 ST. LOUIS – A new piece of art in the form of a colorful tile mosaic wall is now on show at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

The work was commissioned last year to mark the airport’s 100th anniversary, after the artist was chosen by the Airport Art Advisory Committee. The project was funded entirely with private funds and through the airport’s Art of Travel program.

The panel reviewed submissions from more than 300 artists worldwide and picked Sarah Morris, an internationally noted artist.

Morris created the piece, called “The Building as a Pretext [Sound Graph],” using custom-made porcelain tiles.

In a statement, the airport calls the work “a vibrant, site-specific piece, providing an evolving spectrum of color and geometry that invites visitors, passengers and employees to reflect upon the concept of motion, scale, light and social space.”

“The airport is the gateway for visitors to our region, and this new artwork by such a well-known, accomplished artist as Sarah Morris really expands and diversifies our offerings,” Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said in a statement. “This project will create a lasting impression not only of our arts community, but also of St. Louis for millions of domestic and international travelers.”

The new artwork is in Terminal 1 at the exit of the C Concourse at the TSA checkpoint. Morris was inspired by the classic design of the terminal, which was designed by Minoru Yamasaki and opened in 1956 as a forerunner of modern airport architecture.

The airport said that the new work “celebrates the modernity of the space, but more importantly the movement of the people within it.” 

The airport’s terminals and surrounding facilities offer rotating art exhibits and permanent displays. The program is funded entirely by the Art of Travel gala, grants from the Regional Arts Commission and donations. Currently, there are nearly 30 works of art or collections of art (temporary, permanent or on loan) on view. For more information, visit

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