The spirit of Columbus offers something for everyone and is reflected in the many art and visual features at Port Columbus International Airport. Enjoy these beautiful displays when you find yourself with a few extra minutes before taking a flight or meeting a loved one. Take photos of your favorite exhibits and share with us on Twitter or Facebook using #CMHArtWalk.
Legacy of Leadership Lounges
View the walking timeline of Port Columbus from its opening in 1929 to present day. This visual history lesson, which honors those who were pivotal to the airport's development, includes photos, news articles, political cartoons, time capsules and many other interesting bits of airport history. The south lounge traces Port Columbus’ beginning through the 1950s, with the remainder of the airport’s history on display in the north lounge.
Brushstrokes in Flight
Standing in the center of the atrium, Brushstrokes in Flight is a dynamic piece of art by the late Roy Lichtenstein, one of the most influential and innovative artists of the second half of the 20th century. Installed at Port Columbus in 1984, this striking sculpture is 25 feet tall and stands upon a five-foot tall base. Lichtenstein, an alumnus of The Ohio State University, described the sculpture, “I thought I could arrange (the brushstrokes) to have some sense of flight so they would relate to the airport’s surroundings.”
Honoring veterans for their service and sacrifice, this 13-foot memorial stands in the sky-lit atrium as you enter Port Columbus. You'll find an exquisite bronze eagle perched upon four military helmets resting on a granite base, inscribed with the poem Soldier by George L. Skypeck.
The culture and rich essence of Columbus is captured in these photos that comprise the atrium window mosaic.
When you're in the atrium look up to see Speed Machines, a wall-mounted exhibit depicting the speed of flight. Purchased in 1995 from its creator, Roger Williams, this display illustrates the beauty and simplicity of flight.
In the center of the ticket lobby terrazzo floor you’ll find a medallion that reflects the vision of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority to connect Ohio with the world.
Spirit of Columbus Community Messaging Program
Over 1,300 square feet of video wall is available on three impressive digital screens located on the ticketing level to showcase cultural attractions and the business strength of the Columbus Region. In baggage claim you’ll find monitors that list upcoming events as well as welcome messages for the millions of people who travel through Port Columbus each year. When not used for advertising these digital displays also feature videos about air service, airport amenities and more.
Notable Ohio Aviators
Six pylons highlight the historic accomplishments of these notable Ohio Aviators:
Gateway to the Arts
Be sure to check out local artwork in the Gateway to the Arts, an exhibit space on the ticketing level near Max and Erma’s restaurant. The Columbus Regional Airport Authority collaborates with the Ohio Art League, a nonprofit visual arts organization, to provide the Gateway exhibits. The space features a different local artist each quarter, enhancing the environment for travelers, customers and employees. The Gateway to the Arts is currently showing Columbus artist Kellie McDermott’s work.
Rotating Art Displays
Whether waiting for someone to exit Concourse C or withdrawing money for your upcoming trip, you’ll find rotating art displays in these pockets of the airport.
As you descend upon baggage claim a medallion in the terrazzo floor extends a warm welcome in languages from across the globe.