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London City Airport reveals 'calming' public art in pre-screening area

Twelve bronze sculptures, depicting a business passenger gradually morphing into an aeroplane, have been unveiled at London City Airport.

Twelve bronze sculptures, depicting a business passenger gradually morphing into an aeroplane, have been unveiled at London City Airport.

The installation, in the UK airport’s pre-screening area, forms part of a “sizeable investment in security infrastructure”, which, the airport says, has been instrumental in reducing queuing times to less than two minutes.

The statues, created by Turner Prize nominee Mel Chantrey, were part of a larger project, which involved the installation of new display screens and facilities for passengers to dispose of liquids.

While the screens and liquid-disposal facilities may be viewed as more practical, the airport claims the statues “improve the customer experience and state of being”.

Melanie Burnley, director of terminal services for London City Airport, says the statues have brought an “unrivalled quality and elegance” to the terminal building.

“We’re delighted with the statues,” she said. “They are not only striking pieces of art, but will also help guide and channel passengers through this space, all the time giving them pause for thought and enriching their airport experience.

“The pre-security search area in an airport can be chaotic and hassled. Ours isn’t – we’re very proud of the sub-two minute queue time we achieve – and now we’re offering a little bit of Zen to take away, too.”

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