“Art is in the air”: Salvador Airport turns recycled hoarding walls into works of art

“Art is in the air”: Salvador Airport turns recycled hoarding walls into works of art

From February 6th, Salvador Airport is hosting the art exhibition “Art is in the air”, curated by artist Elano Passos. The innovative initiative is recycling hoarding walls from the renovation works in progress and reusing it as canvas to thematic paintings and drawings inspired on state of Bahia cultural, architectonic and natural elements. The panels are signed by Mr. Passos and the artists Ronald Lago and Alexandre Feliciano. 

During the exhibition, more than 30 panels (2,20m x 1,10m) will be disposed in different spots of the terminal, an appealing invitation for a break between departures and arrivals.  The panels will be relocated according to the renovation works progress, moving the paintings to new areas needed to be isolated. 

In the exhibition “Art is in the air”, the simplicity and pureness of white and black Elano's traces is mixed with the colors of two other artists also from Bahia, Ronald Lago and Alexandre Feliciano. The panels have been being colored with Bahia cultural, architectonic and natural elements. They are available to 25 thousand passengers per day, Salvador Airport average daily flow. “We intend to create part of the pieces live. We want people to take part in the creation moment, interact with the artists and get surprised by the results”, says Mr. Passos.

A lively and dynamic space


The invitation to Elano came from Salvador Airport, part of VINCI Airports’ network. “We want to make this terminal a lively and dynamic space”, says the facility’s CEO, Julio Ribas. The artistic intervention also follows a sense of place feature, present at the 46 airports managed by VINCI Airports around the world, in which terminals are not impersonal spaces but mirror the places where they are. 

“The invitation from Salvador Airport came to me as an amazing challenge. The place is itself very inspiring. This special aura of meetings and goodbyes, involved by a mix of accents and the will of saying welcome ... It will be my pleasure to make this call to people stop, watch, and be captured by art, in an building that usually is a passing place”, says Mr. Passos. 

Actions with children assisted by philanthropic entities and from public schools are also predicted in the project, as well some interactive performances with tourists.


About Salvador Airport


Located in the capital of the state of Bahia and the first ever capital of Brazil, Salvador Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the country. In 2018, the facility served more than 8 million passengers travelling towards about 30 destinations, domestic and international included.

Salvador Airport joined the VINCI Airports network on January 2 2018, through a Concession contract lasting up to 2047. Aiming to improve passengers experience and provide better services to airlines, VINCI Airports launched an ambitious investment plan to modernize and expand the airport. The first phase of works, which includes the construction of a new 20,000 sqm departure area and the refurbishment of the existing terminal, is expected to be completed in October 2019.


About VINCI Airports


VINCI Airports, a top five global player in the international airport sector, manages the development and operation of 46 airports in France, Portugal (including the Lisbon hub), the United Kingdom, Sweden, Serbia, Cambodia, Japan, the United States, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil. Served by more than 250 airlines, VINCI Airports’ network handled 195,2 million passengers in 2018. Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capacity, international network and know-how to optimise the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. More comprehensive information is available on www.vinci-airports.com.