When local travelers are asked about artwork on display at John Wayne Airport, they usually think of this.
The larger than life statue of John Wayne may be a recognizable landmark at the airport, it is only part of an ever-changing collection of art designed to enhance the travelling experience.
"For 20 years, John Wayne Airport has professionally presented world-class art exhibitions that have engaged and entertained millions of visitors," said airport spokesperson Jenny Wedge. "Art brings and unexpected sense of peace and calm to passengers travelling through this hub of activity."
Security measures keep many of the exhibits behind TSA lines where only ticked passengers can enjoy them. Currently, a collection of original work by award winning children's illustrators are on display in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery.
This exhibit, from the Chemer's Gallery in Tustin, features the work of artists such as Mary GranPre of the Harry Potter books and Robin Preiss Glasser, creator of the Fancy Nancy series.
This collection will be on display until June 17, 2013.
There are also art exhibits throughout the airport that are accessible to the public without an airplane ticket. In fact, enjoying art at the John Wayne Airport can be as simple as looking up.
"Flight of Ideas" is the name of the large, sculptural art piece above the baggage carousel in Terminal C.
The sculpture hovers over the terminal like a flock of 21 aluminum birds, their Plexiglas wings displaying enlarged portions of aeronautical charts.
Since John Wayne Airport welcomes travelers to Orange County, It is the perfect place to highlight local artwork. In 20122, the airport opened a new exhibition space titled: ORANGE COUNTY; Destination Art and Culture.
Now the millions of passengers who travel through the airport each year can get a glimpse of Orange County's art and cultural organizations like the Bowers Museum of Santa Ana and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton.
Currently, the John Wayne Airport is issuing a call to local artists to be part of next year's Community Focus Exhibits. These solo-style exhibits will feature Orange County-related visual artists and will be viewable by the general public, before the security checkpoints.
Artist Applications must be received no later than May 15, 2013 and instructions can be found on the John Wayne Airport Website.