Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) is commemorating its centennial year with the addition of a new, public art installation. The large vinyl mural, "A Flight to History," by renowned Southern California-based artist Marconi, is now on display on the façade of one of the Airport’s parking structures.
“Long Beach has always been a city of creativity and innovation,’’ said Mayor Rex Richardson. 'A Flight to History' not only pays tribute to our aviation legacy but also showcases the value our community places on public art. It is a beautiful representation of Long Beach's past, present and future."
The colorful mural on Parking Structure A, closest to the Historic Terminal, was officially unveiled Wednesday, Nov. 29, days after the Airport’s official anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 26. It is 60 feet by 30 feet, providing visual delight for travelers entering and exiting the Ticketing Lobby.
“This striking new piece of art, which also celebrates our history, is perfectly placed to welcome arriving passengers to our Airport and our beautiful city,” said Fourth District Councilman Daryl Supernaw.
“The addition of this colorful and historically significant mural is a wonderful way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of one our City’s most important assets,” said Fifth District Councilwoman Megan Kerr.
Through a nationwide call for art submissions, Marconi's work was selected from a pool of nearly 100 applicants in partnership with the Arts Council of Long Beach. Artists each submitted up to three complete works, with the selected artist receiving $10,000.
"This incredible artwork serves as a reminder of our 100th anniversary and captures the essence of our Airport's rich history, its integral role in Long Beach’s growth and evolution, and the vibrant spirit of our community,” said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry.
Marconi's piece is a visual journey through time, featuring the iconic Historic Terminal at its core, surrounded by a tapestry of airplanes and local attractions that define Long Beach's vibrancy and uniqueness.
“We are proud to partner with Long Beach Airport on this extraordinary 100-year commemorative work of art that enhances our City’s cultural landscape,” said Arts Council Executive Director Griselda Suarez. “The artistic vision of Marconi in this piece creates a visual representation of the Airport’s past century and bright future in Long Beach. This is the power of the arts, and I am glad travelers to and from LGB will get to see this incredible art piece.”
Smaller works by five runner-up artists will be displayed soon in a special post-security temporary exhibit planned for the North and South Concourses. Each of those semifinalists were paid $1,500 for their art.
Long Beach Airport participates in the City's Percent for the Arts Program, which designates funding for on-Airport art projects.
About the City of Long Beach
Long Beach is nestled along the Southern California coast and home to approximately 466,000people. As an award-winning full-service charter city, Long Beach offers the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods, culture and community. With a bustling downtown and over six miles of scenic beaches, Long Beach is a renowned tourist and business destination and home to the iconic Queen Mary, nationally recognized Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Airport, award-winning Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and world-class Port of Long Beach.