New Art Exhibit at Denver International Airport

dia art exhibitNext time you head out for a flight at DIA, look around you and take in the incredible works of public art and exhibitions on display. The Temporary Exhibition Program has a stunning new piece, Shadow Happy, and it’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Shadow Happy, by artist Brianna Martray, is made-up of over 10,000 origami paper cranes suspended from the ceiling and walls of the bridge to the A Gates, just past security. The paper used represents stacks of manuscript pages of a novel she wrote, but never published – the shadow of thousands of hours of work and the history of her creative journey. In addition to the cranes, the artwork also features 500 glass circles, made from one sheet of shattered glass, which reflect the natural light. Shadow Happy will be on display through December 2011.

DIA is home to a world renowned collection of public art, funded by the City and County of Denver’s One Percent for Art requirement for public facilities. The airport’s Public Art Program features 27 site-specific works and includes sculptures, murals and other installations.The pieces are displayed in outdoor landscapes, inside Jeppesen Terminal and on airport concourses, as well as in the train tunnels and on the train itself. In addition to the permanent art collection, DIA curates over twenty temporary exhibitions a year, collaborating with museums, cultural institutions and arts organizations to present the highest quality two- and three-dimensional work.

For more information on DIA’s Public Art Program and its temporary exhibitions, visit

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