St. Louis Airport Commission formerly approved an agreement that will relocate
a prominent sculpture to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
The St. Louis-based Gateway
Foundation will loan Lambert the sculpture,
Chinese artist Zhu Wei (2003), for 10 years with extension options. The
sculpture will be displayed by July in the newly renovated Terminal 1 ticketing
level lounge, which features a live plant wall, a water feature and new art
display cases. The 6-ft-tall bronze
sculpture features two ancient Chinese tomb-like figures. The
sculpture was most recently installed in the Central West End neighborhood of
“The Gateway Foundation has made
a tremendous impact on the arts and culture scene across St. Louis and we’re thankful
and fortunate that Lambert is able to take advantage of this opportunity to
showcase an iconic piece of art to our millions of travelers,” said Lambert
Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The Beijing-born artist, Zhu Wei,
is well known for his ink paintings, engravings and sculpture. He established
his art studio, Zhu Wei Art Den in 1993.
His work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, New York,
Los Angeles, Brussels, Miami, Paris, Madrid and Chicago, among other cities.
The display of China China was endorsed by a
seven-member Arts Advisory Committee, which evaluates all major art installations
and exhibitions for the Lambert Arts and Culture Program.
Earlier this year, Metro’s Arts
in Transit completed the installation of two large ceramic tile murals near its
MetroLink station in Terminal 1. Nucleic
Life Formation was created by New York artist Amy Cheng. Nine art
glass screens were installed in Concourses A & C beginning in 2011. Also that year, the Airport installed an
intertwined steel ribbon sculpture, Sensación
de Vuelo, by Leonardo Neirman outside Terminal 2. A 41-color terrazzo floor medallion, New Village, by Alicia LaChance was
installed just beyond the C Checkpoint in 2012. On-going temporary local
exhibitions in the Terminal 1 Lambert Gallery are also part of the program.
the Gateway Foundation
in 1986, the Gateway Foundation seeks to enrich life and culture in the St.
Louis area by supporting efforts to acquire, create, or improve tangible and
durable art and urban design.
2009, the Foundation’s largest project, a two-block sculpture park called
Citygarden, opened in downtown St. Louis in the Gateway Mall. From prominent public sites downtown to
community college campuses in St. Louis County, the Foundation also has purchased
and installed more than 30 sculptures in the area.
Additionally, the Foundation has
arranged for and funded the lighting of the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse,
the Civil Courts Building, the City’s three landmark Water Towers, and other
prominent structures, and has funded the building and maintenance of several
city playgrounds and parks. More
information is available at gateway-foundation.org and citygardenstl.org.
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