The "Artport": Impressive Art Installations in The Edmonton International Airport

by Lindsay Shapka in ,


In the last year, the international airport in the city of Edmonton, Alberta has installed beautiful permanent art pieces — from local and international artists — in order to give weary travelers a way to orient themselves as they transition to a new place. 

kopperscape             Karim Rashid

From New York, NY, Rashid has more than 300 awards for his work that has included designing pieces for Umbra, and for the Morimoto restaurants in Philadelphia. Kopperscape is an installation composed of four elements — chair, chaise lounge, bench, and side table, with a performance stage built into the piece’s centre. These elements are made from fiberglass and painted in a metallic copper to symbolize the Canadian copper penny, and represent some of the region’s natural resources. The best part? This piece of art was constructed to be USED! You can sit, lounge and crawl all over it! Kopperscape is located in the US Departures Lounge food court.

Wings             David Janzen 

Wings             David Janzen 

David Janzen is an artist from Edmonton and, fittingly, has a studio at the city's old City Centre Airport Hanger. He is known for his landscapes that highlight the famous clear, blue, never-ending skylines of the prairies — like the ones painted on these old airplane wings. This piece is located in front of Gate 54 on the International and Domestic Departures level.

Old Man Mountain With Great Mother Bear             Jason Carter           

Old Man Mountain With Great Mother Bear             Jason Carter           

Jason Carter, celebrated for his soapstone carvings and beautiful canvas works, is one of the most accomplished and prolific Aboriginal artists in Edmonton. He even had a feature show at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games! This vibrant piece shows the timeless, all-knowing spirit of Jasper National Park's Old Man Mountain (anyone who has driven west into the park will have seen this peak), and a bear, which in Aboriginal culture represents majesty, freedom and power. This piece, and others by the artist, are located in the entrance of the US Customs and Border Protection area. 

Everything Flows, Nothing Stands Still (detail)            Erin Pankratz-Smith 

Everything Flows, Nothing Stands Still (detail)            Erin Pankratz-Smith 

Multi-disciplined artist Erin Pankratz-Smith has created a stunning 3D mosaic that used thousands of tiles (made of glass, beads, china, gold, unglazed porcelain and more) in vivid colors and stretches more than 30 feet! It shows an aerial view of the City of Edmonton and celebrates the effects of the changing seasons (there are a full 4), and the North Saskatchewan River, on the city's scenery. This stunning piece is located between the US Customs and Boarder Protection are and the US Departures Lounge.