Carving a niche: Hartsfield-Jackson exhibit highlights wooden works
ATLANTA — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s latest exhibit in the Atrium explores the artistic side of wood turning, with items like bowls and plates that have stepped far beyond mere dinnerware.
The exhibit in two display cases — titled “Three Pioneers of Contemporary American Woodturning” and “Woodturning as an Art Form” — showcases more than 40 of these wooden artworks, which include bowls of various sizes, vases, candleholders and decorative boxes.
“The pieces in this exhibit demonstrate how artists’ creativity transformed a useful, necessary trade into an outlet for aesthetic beauty,” said David Vogt, Airport Art Program manager. “The quality of the wood is only part of what makes each piece a work of art; the rest comes from the imagination and technical skill of the wood-turners.”
One of the display cases features pieces by three pioneers in contemporary wood turning: Atlanta architect Ed Moulthrop, who perfected methods of creating large-scale bowls from Southern tree species; Bob Stocksdale, who gained international recognition for the simplicity and beauty of his work; and Rude Osolnik, who was known for finding beauty in the natural “flaws” of wood.
The second case contains a variety of pieces from artists all over the United States — including Georgia, Tennessee, Vermont, Utah, California, Oregon and Hawaii — as well as one from the United Kingdom.
The exhibit will be on display through July.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Hartsfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 92 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 80 international destinations in more than 50 countries. The Airport is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, architectural engineering and construction - including the 2011 Global and North American Airport Efficiency Excellence Award from the Air Transport Research Society (for more information, go to www.atrsworld.org).
It is undergoing $6 billion-plus in capital improvements, which include a new, energy-efficient rental car center; a new, 12-gate international terminal (for more information, go to
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