With the opening of San Francisco International Airport’s newly remodeled Terminal 2 (T2) in April 2011, the San Francisco Arts Commission added five new public artworks to its world-class collection and reinstalled 20 works, which had historically been sited at the airport.
In order to enhance the traveler’s experience of the public art at T2, the Arts Commission worked with San Francisco-based Earprint Productions to create an audio tour that offers an intimate look at the collection. Up until recently, travelers passing through T2 could only hear the tour via a Guide by Cell audio tour, which could be accessed by dialing a local number, 650-352-4331.
Now, high-fidelity version of the tour complete with music and sound effects as well as images of the work and some of the artists is available for free on iTunes. Travelers can download the tour directly from iTunes or by visiting sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection.
“The audio tour brings the art of Terminal 2 to life,” said Interim Director of Cultural Affairs JD Beltran. “The iTunes version offers travelers a richer experience and the flexibility of downloading the tour to their MP3s and smart phones so they can listen to it anywhere. We hope folks will take advantage of this service and enjoy discovering the works in this incredible collection.”
The public art program at T2 includes five new commissions by acclaimed artists Janet Echelman, Norie Sato, Kendall Buster, Walter Kidundu and Chareles Sowers as well as works representing the best artistic talent to come out of the Bay Area over the last 40 years. The T2 audio tour includes recent interviews with the artists in the collection as well as rare archival audio. Other voices include recently-retired Senior Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California Karen Tsujimoto, art dealers and the son of famed Bay Area painter Joan Brown. One of the highlights of the tour is a series of stops featuring Captain George Tucker of American Airlines who shares his unique perspective on several of the works in relation to his experience flying.
“We started this project at the source, by talking to the artists, and then added voices to bring further insight and perspective. We also tried to capture the uniqueness of each artist’s work through creative sound design,” said C. Jason Reinier, Earprint Productions’ CEO & Principal Designer. “In many cases, the artists suggested music or sound qualities they associated with their work. For example, we were very fortunate to be able to use Walter Kitundu’s original music to enhance his commentary.”