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Jul 24 2017
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Philip-Noyed-artGive us your ... well, give us everybody! (Image via MSP Airport)

Art intended to welcome everyone — people of any race, creed, nationality, or sexual orientation — just went up at the Minneapolis Airport.

From a press release:

The first installation Star of the North. L'Etoile du Nord (Star of the North) is based on the Minnesota State Motto that was first adopted in 1861 and is on the state seal. L'Etoile du Nord is 6 feet tall, made of aluminum and covered with holographic rainbow vinyl.  Inside the star is a crystal prism that is lit so tiny light rainbows show on the ground below the star.  

L'Etoile du Nord uses rainbows to both be visually beautiful, but also to impart the meaning that anybody of any race, creed, nationality or sexual orientation are welcome in Minnesota.

The second installation, Aurora Borealis, brings the colors of the Northern Lights to life in the airport. The Aurora Borealis wall is 60 feet long by 6 feet tall. In the very middle of this sixty-foot long series of images is a rainbow diamond made of clear acrylic rods and lit with LED color lights that go through the colors of the rainbow. 

The third display is titled Leap of Joy, and is inspired by Henri Matisse and the Fauves’ painting, Bonheur de Vivre (The Joy of Life). The display includes a 3D printed leaper covered in holographic rainbow vinyl covering. The image includes floating diamonds curving in the way an airplane turns.

The artist is Philip Noyed, and these are the first new art installations at the airport in a decade and a half.

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