Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 99: Luggage Art at SMF

In Terminal A at Sacramento International Airport (SMF), there are several older examples of public art, and one of the most striking can be found in the baggage claim area:

This piece is called "Samson" and was created by Brian Goggin:  Two 23' pillars are constructed with luggage dating from the conceptual genesis of the airplane to the present. The pillars support the ceiling as travelers metaphorically support the space itself.

Here's a closer look at the vertical pile of luggage that comprises the art work:

Having the stacked-up suitcases and trunks near the baggage claim belts provides a subtle irony thanks to the suggestion of lost luggage, which probably almost all travelers have experienced at some point in time. 

Until the new Terminal B was constructed, the only cool public art was found in this terminal, and it was always a pleasure to fly out of Terminal A to enjoy the more modern aesthetic and more enjoyable traveling experience.  Now, Terminal A is considered the "old" terminal, but it's still far better than the truly old and now decommissioned terminal that used to host United and several other airlines.


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