Finalists To Be Commissioned To Design Permanent Artwork in Renovated Terminals

Philadelphia - As Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) begins a $185 million project that will drastically transform the layout and appearance of Terminals D and E, the Airport and the City of Philadelphia's Public Art Program are inviting the artistic community to submit proposals for two permanent works of art for the newly renovated terminals.

Artists and collaborative teams living in the United States are encouraged to submit proposals in accordance with specifications noted in guidelines that can be downloaded from the Airport's Web site, www.phl.org, or obtained directly from the Public Art Program's Web site, www.publicartphiladelphia.com. All submissions must be received no later than 4:00 PM on February 15, 2006. Semi-finalists will be notified in early April 2006; finalists will be selected in September 2006.

"Aesthetics are integral in creating a visitor-friendly environment," said Charles J. Isdell, the City's Director of Aviation. "Visually stimulating artwork has enriched visitors' travels through PHL, and we are excited about adding more unique works to our acclaimed permanent collection. This is an exciting opportunity for artists to share their creations with a large public audience."

Up to $600,000 has been allocated for the two commissions - $250,000 for two escalator walls located in the newly combined D/E ticketing area and $350,000 for the Terminal E Rotunda. All submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel composed of arts professionals, artists, Airport and community representatives, architects, and tenants or users of the facility. Artwork will be selected on the basis of artistic merit, demonstrated technical proficiency, and appropriateness for the site.

Since 1959, more than 300 works of art have been commissioned through the City's Percent for Art ordinance. Ten of those works have been commissioned for inclusion in the Airport's permanent collection, which encompasses visually compelling works located throughout the Airport. The Exhibitions Program at PHL is one of the few airport-based rotating exhibitions programs in the world, which attests to the Airport's commitment in supporting arts and culture.

More detailed information on the two Percent for Art commissions is available by logging onto the aforementioned Web sites or by e-mailing the Public Art Program at publicart@phila.gov or writing to Yvonne Wise, Public Art Program, 1000 Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

For information contact:
Mark Pesce
(215) 937-6944

The Philadelphia Airport System is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia and is composed of Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The Airport System is a self-sustaining entity that operates without the use of local tax dollars. It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $14 billion in spending to the regional economy and employing a workforce of nearly 34,000.