Upcycled Art: San Francisco Airport Edition

After leaving the airplane last Wednesday, I emerged from the jetbridge and into the Delta Terminal at the San Francisco Airport.  I was travel-weary, but my attention was immediately captured by glass cases in the gate area that contained colorful objects.   These public art installations were permanent exhibits of the SFO Museum.

The display closest to the gate appeared to be sculpture made of old table legs, a cardboard box, a guitar neck, a basket and other random items:

Porcelain Sculpture that appears to be made from cardboard box, table legs and guitar neck
Martha H by Richard Shaw (2004) Porcelain with Decal Overglaze, photo from SFO Public Collections

However, upon closer examination, the entire sculpture (an homage to the artist’s wife) is made from porcelain painted to look like upcycled objects! Martha H by Richard Shaw at SFO Public Art Collection

Across the hallway, there was another case that held a brightly colored ancient Greek statue:

Cardboard Kore by Michael Stutx (2004) Discarded cardboard packaging, photo from SFO museum public collection website
Cardboard Kore by Michael Stutx (2004) Discarded cardboard packaging, photo from SFO museum public collection website

…made entirely from strips of old cereal boxes and other colored cardboard. Cardboard Kore by Michael Stutx at SFO Public Art Collection

Even if I wasn’t in Kansas in anymore, I was beginning to feel right at home.

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