PETTINGA: Bring airport sculpture back

November 18, 2017

Left out of this week’s article about the “refresh” project at the Indianapolis airport was an idea to replace the Sharp company’s video screen hanging over the escalators going to the baggage claim area [Indy airport embarks on retail refresh, Nov. 6]. Since Sharp is basically out of business, this would be a great time to reinstall James Willie Faust’s Chrysalis sculpture. It’s currently wrapped in plastic and stored in the airport’s basement.  

This wonderful sculpture cost taxpayers/bondholders over $100,000 and was one of the country’s first major art installations, which many other airports are now copying. It was created for that space and the wall was reinforced to hold its weight. I sincerely hope that the Airport Authority reinstalls Chrysalis.


Steven Pettinga

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