Norfolk is the cultural, educational, medical and business center of the seven city Hampton Roads area. It is thriving with culture, history, diversity, festivals, attractions and entertainment and boasts the best shopping and dining experiences in the entire region. The city is a vital confluence of commerce, water, city, rail, transportation, government and business all coming together. Norfolk hosts the world’s largest naval base, one of the busiest international ports on the East Coast, and the region’s international airport.
Norfolk International Airport is the major airport serving southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina. Surrounded by water and garden, it is enhanced by the splendor of the neighboring Norfolk Botanical Garden, which creates a beautiful buffer zone between the airport and the outside world. The year-round beauty of the airport grounds has become a national role model for reconciling expanding air facilities with a delicate ecological sanctuary. It has one of the most beautiful air approaches of any city in the world. The recently renovated lobby and concourses are bright and modern with open views of the lush landscapes.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Public Art Planning Committee selected Don Kennell to design and create exterior artwork that will signal Norfolk as a friendly and welcoming city. The art will be site-specific, creatively stimulate thought and conversation, and be relevant to Norfolk. The perfect artwork will create a sense of arrival, originality and momentarily relieve the stresses of air travel.