ORLANDO, FL — The welcome mat concept has been taken to a grand level at Orlando International Airport. This morning, members of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority board, staff and construction team unveiled the first of four specialty flooring sections that will serve as “welcome mats” to the Main Terminal. The 28’ x 32’ piece of original artwork is entitled “Wellness Garden” and evokes images of beauty and rhythm and celebrates the region’s rich agricultural history. Fabricated from epoxy terrazzo, the colorful and intricate design is the creation of artist Scott Parsons as part of his “garden”-themed series to highlight the economic resources of Central Florida.
“Our art collection from ceiling to floor has been recognized locally and nationally,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “We have always said that this airport is more than an airport, it is a reflection of the experiences of Central Florida.”
“Art has always been valued in our community. I’d like to commend the art committee and the Board for their vision in creating this unique addition to the airport’s collection,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “These welcome mats will be a permanent reminder of the assets we have in Central Florida.”
A component of the ticket lobby renovation project, “Wellness Garden” is located at the west end of the A Side of the Main Terminal. Subsequent art flooring pieces will showcase the region’s technical corridor, attractions and space.
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is committed to a model program of art in public places. The acquisition of new works is an ongoing process and is part of the overall plan for art to be distributed throughout the airport’s terminal complexes.
Art continues to be an integral part of the overall design concept at Orlando International Airport. Used for both aesthetic enjoyment and wayfinding elements, the airport collection introduces millions of national and international passengers and residents to the community’s appreciation and focus on the arts.
When completed, Parsons’ quartet of “gardens” will provide an enduring impression of our region’s cultural offerings.
Artist Scott Parsons has worked in the field of public art for 20 years with numerous commissions across the United States and Canada. His primary artistic media includes terrazzo, artistic glass and mosaic, with more than 30 national and international awards to his credit. Recent recognition includes the 2014 Honor Award from the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association and the 2017 Faith and Form Award from the American Institute of Architects.
Basic MCO information:
Ranked by J.D. Power “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Mega Airports” in 2017. With more than 44 million annual passengers, MCO is the 13th busiest airport in the U.S. The airport is centrally located and within a two hour drive for 60 percent of the state’s residents. MCO has 18,000 employees and generates $31 billion in revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.