Art sculptures unveiled at Pudong airport

Pudong airport unveiled two new art installations in the terminal buildings as part of its plan to boost local cultures to global travelers.
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“Shanghai Flower” being exhibited at the T1 terminal of Pudong International Airport.

Pudong airport unveiled two new art installations as part of its cultural exhibition plans to boost local cultures to global travelers.

The artwork “Shanghai Flower” being exhibited in the T1 terminal of Pudong International Airport features a huge white magnolia flower, the city flower of Shanghai, and small hanging umbrellas symbolizing the high-rises of the city.

The installation aims to showcase the flower, a symbolic sign and spiritual totem of the city, the airport authority said.

The other artwork being displayed in the T2 terminal is named “the sound of the magic city.” 

The sculpture prints words from the Shanghai dialect with foreign origins on crystal boards, along with English translations. It shows the linguistic features of the city, the authority said.

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"The Sound of the Magic City" on display in the T2 terminal.

The two new artworks are part of the airport authority’s three-year plan to turn the public space in terminal buildings into exhibition spaces, according to the authority. 

The exhibitions will be based on the origin and development of the city’s Haipai culture, which combines Western and traditional Chinese cultures to offer better experiences to global travelers, the authority said.

Meanwhile, the city’s cultural relics store is exhibiting 32 historical pieces of porcelain at the Museum of Pudong Airport. The exhibits, mostly daily utensils of local residents from early last century, showcase the elegant and practical lifestyle of the city.

The airport authority opened the museum in 2014, at the time the only museum within an airport in China. The idea is to offer passengers an ideal place to kill some time during long layovers, an alternative to eating and shopping. It is open 24 hours a day.

The plan is to hold such new exhibitions at the small airport museum twice a year.

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