As anyone who’s traveled abroad knows, airport layovers are part of the experience. Sometimes long ones. Chances are you’re going to spend some quality time in an airport or two along the way. (I once slept for about five early morning hours on a bench in London’s Heathrow.)
These days, however, many airports are offering something new to keep you busy if you find yourself with time to kill. And it’s more culturally engaging than eating over-priced food or browsing gift shops. They’re installing art galleries.
It looks like we’re talking about some serious art hanging on these airport walls. London’s Heathrow Airport has opened the Terminal 5 Expo Fine Art Gallery, which is currently honoring the London Summer Games with an exhibition of Olympics-inspired art.
At Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport, you can spend time enjoying a permanent exhibition presented by the world-famous Rijksmuseum. The exhibit features original works by many famous Dutch painters, including Rembrandt.
Back here in the U.S. too, the airport art gallery phenomenon has caught on. They've popped up in San Francisco, Miami and Atlanta, among others.
This is all good news for art lovers with long layovers.
Photo: Tony Van Den Boomen via Flickr