Travel is All the Rage at Boston Logan’s Newest Art Exhibit
Terminal E display explores the use of design to transform travel through the age
BOSTON – Design for travel is all around us whether we realize it or not. For decades, designers, artists and engineers have worked behind-the-scenes envisioning, planning and developing ways to make our travel experience a more enjoyable and stylish one. Boston Logan International Airport’s newest public art exhibit Getting There: Design for Travel in the Modern Age enlightens the traveler on ways design has made the travel experience more comfortable. The year-long display of travel-related images and objects is located in Terminal E, and is co-presented by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), Design Museum Boston and the Grand Circle Gallery in Boston.
“Art at the airport is a critical component of customer service for us,” said Ed Freni, Director of Aviation for Massport. “It helps reduce the stress levels some people associate with travel, and the travel theme of this exhibition makes the airport a perfect host venue.” Massport established Logan Airport’s public art program in the early 1980s.
The exhibition features planes, trains and ships, and is set against a backdrop of vintage travel posters. Visitors can journey through the early days of flight; the golden age of cruise and the super-sized ships of today; and the experiences of the contemporary traveler in a deregulated industry. They can even catch a glimpse into the future of travel.
Additionally, the display chronicles the design evolution of travel accessories, such as noise-canceling headphones, designs of airplane seats, train interiors, and silverware. Drawings, models, and prototypes from companies such as Bose, Samsonite, Teague, and IDEO, highlight projects that creatively address some of the challenges of travel.
“We are thrilled to bring this exciting exhibit to Logan Airport,” said Sam Aquillano, Co-Founder of Design Museum Boston. “It helps us accomplish one of our key goals: to showcase and make great design accessible to the public. The millions of people who pass through Terminal E will have an opportunity to see this wonderful show about travel – and design.”
Getting There: Design for Travel in the Modern Age is located pre-security on the arrivals level of Terminal E through November, 2013.
Boston Logan, 15 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 72 domestic and 31 international destinations and in 2011 handled 28.9 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transportation access, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.
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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.
About Design Museum Boston
Design Museum Boston is New England’s first museum dedicated solely to design. Its mission is to educate the world on the role of design in their lives and to unite the design community in ways that enrich their collective work, make businesses more competitive, and solve real-world problems more creatively. Whether in a gallery, retail environment, public spaces or on the web, its programming gives audiences new insights into the design process and the greater social, economic, and environmental contexts that both affect and are affected by design. For information on current and past programs and exhibitions visit: designmuseumboston.org
About Grand Circle Gallery
Grand Circle Gallery is part of Grand Circle Corporation, the leader in international travel, adventure and discovery for Americans age 50 and older. In 2012, Grand Circle owners Alan and Harriet Lewis opened the free Grand Circle Gallery to the public in thanksgiving for 25 years of business in the Fort Channel neighborhood. gct.com/grandcirclegallery