The airport is adding a high tech artistic display that will show off local talent and bring in money for the airport. But the new display is upsetting some other artists.
A blank wall at the Indianapolis International Airport is about to be a multi-media canvas for local artist Artur Silva
"I’m excited to be part of this project. I'm excited to be part of the airport roster of artists,” said Silva.
His artwork, called Perm Press - The American Cycle, will be on display on a mega video monitor located near the airport escalators. Sharp Electronics is providing the 22 foot wide, 7-1/2 foot tall LED screen. The artwork images will be mixed with advertisements expected to bring in nearly half a million dollars to the airport authority.
“We will have the latest high definition technology unveiled in Indianapolis, enhance our public art program and derive some revenue. So, if there is a win-win-win? I believe this is a win-win-win,” said John Clark, CEO of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will select new artists to rotate their work in the space. But this New Age art phase means another artist is out. The airport took down "Chrysalis" Monday night.
Local artist James Faust believed his work would be a more permanent display and his art studio released the following statement:
"The act of removing ‘Chrysalis’ by artist James Wille Faust at the Indianapolis International Airport in the middle of the night was a bypassing of the mayor's office, the city-county councilor's office, the arts community, and the citizens of the city of Indianapolis who have strongly supported this artwork and not its removal. We believe this defiant and perceived underhanded action speaks for itself."
The airport authority says all artists are under a contract that allows the airport to remove art at any time and this is the time for a new display on the very visible wall.
“This is not subtracting art. It is adding new artists. But we do regret the ‘Chrysalis’ was affected by the changes we thought were best for this point," said Indianapolis Airport Authority spokesperson Carlo Bertolini.
‘Chrysalis’ is in storage, but the airport authority wants to display it elsewhere in the future.The video board with the new art and advertising messages will be up December 8th in time for the busy holiday travel season.