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Water-themed Art Lands at the Airport

Mar 6, 2019, 10:56 AM by Public Relations

Phoenix, AZ –  Humans have always been moved by water. When traveling, we are often refreshed by seeing water in the landscape and Arizona is no exception. From rivers, creeks and lakes to canyons carved by water, there is plenty to explore. We also seek the calming effects of being immersed in water or relaxing by the pool with friends. 

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Water can also be a source of inspiration and creativity. In celebration of Arizona’s most precious resource, the Phoenix Airport Museum presents the art exhibition Water in the Desert. From its beauty to its power, this exhibition shows that water can be abundant in our state – even though Arizona is known for having a dry climate.

Jacobson_Untitled (01-04-18)Artists have taken different approaches using a variety of media. Tucson artist Charlotte Bender created a painting envisioning playful coyotes and saguaros coexisting with an ancient Arizona sea. Tempe artist Jerry Jacobson used water as an art medium by drawing with rust on paper. Phoenix artist Rebecca McNerney crafted a fiber wall-hanging depicting dozens of illuminated backyard pools visible when flying over Phoenix at night. Whether the artwork is created with wood, glass, paint or paper, artists interpret water in Arizona using a wide range of materials.

Passengers traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will experience a diverse selection of Arizona water-themed artworks by 31 different artists from 10 cities around the state. Located at Terminal 4, level 3, in eight display cases on the east and west ends, the exhibition is pre-security and continues through July 28, 2019.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.