Terminal 2 is home to Southwest Airlines and all international arrivals. As the welcoming point for travelers from the St. Louis region and far off places, Terminal 2 features bold, colorful artwork that grabs the attention of visitors and displays our regional talent and pride.
Wayfinding by Cheryl Wassenaar
Terminal 2, Post-Security, between gates E33 & E34
Wayfinding by St. Louis artist Cheryl Wassenaar repurposes commercial, real estate, and business signage to indirectly communicate with travelers. By combining fragments of multiple signs from former local businesses, Wassenaar reimagines their original purpose and reclaims the region’s history.
Wayfinding is composed of eight pieces: dash, channel II, lock, You Call It a Cloud: Ascent, decibel, parlance, and a three-dimensional piece, Tower of Babble 24, all made from found signage.
Perch Here Between Flights by Solomon Thurman
Terminal 2, Post-Security, near gate E10.
We all seek refuge and rest when we travel. St. Louis artist Solomon Thurman expands on that theme extending beyond airport travelers to other high-flyers: birds. Perch Here Between Flights is a series of 14 acrylic paintings of bird houses and birds in flight and is curated by Patricia Smith Thurman, Solomon’s wife. The paintings were inspired by a trip to Mobile, Alabama where Solomon visited an estate with more than 300 birdhouses on the property.
Perch Here Between Flights is on display through April 2019.
The Proper Aim of Work is to Provide Leisure by Brian DePauli
Terminal 2, Post-Security, between gates E18 & E20
Brian DePauli’s exhibition is composed of two oil paintings, Life’s a Beach (pictured) and Retired, that use humor and optimism to remind viewers that each day provides the opportunity for new experiences. A multidisciplinary artist, Depauli’s work functions on multiple levels, from surface meaning to deeper conceptual themes.
The Proper Aim of Work is to Provide Leisure is on display through May 27, 2019.
Spectroplexus, by Graduate Students of Sam Fox School of Architecture and Design at Washington University
Terminal 2, Ticketing Level
Spanning nearly 100 feet, Spectroplexus reacts to the site with the idea of "confluence," addressing both the geographical context of St. Louis and the constant current of diverse passengers through the airport. The terminal itself is a unique space that exhibits various hybrid identities, such as organic movement versus rigid configurations of people, as well as the artificial mechanisms of flight. Spectroplexus reflects these concepts through a gradating array of geometric surfaces and the intricate armature on which it is suspended.
Sensación de Vuelo by Leonardo Nierman
Terminal 2 lawn, between domestic and international arrivals
The 10-foot tall sculpture, (which translated from Spanish means "Flying Sensation"), is constructed of intertwined steel ribbons that point to the sky and reflect the air and land above and below where visitors stand. The reflective steel may remind visitors of one of St. Louis’ most iconic images, the St. Louis Arch. Sensación de Vuelo was a gift by the artist to St. Louis on behalf of the people of Mexico.
Alight on St. Louis by Ellie Balk
Over 10 nights, Ellie Balk hand-painted some 30 different colors to create this abstract map drawn from the street grid of a section of St. Louis City. This map, located Terminal 2 Baggage Claim, Carousel 1 gives the viewers the feeling of soaring over St. Louis in a plane, as many of them just did.
Ebb and Flow IV by Megan Singleton
Megan Singleton’s work interprets USDA geospatial data of the Lower Missouri River watershed, which encompasses the area near the Airport. Singleton used pulp paper to mimic the lines of the watershed, which creates a dynamic relief along the wall. The opposite wall displays a series of botanical drawings of native Missouri aquatic plants. The drawings were laser cut from handmade paper, made from the very plants that the cut out drawings depict.
International Arrivals Baggage Claim
We Have Now Arrived by Susan Haejin Lee
Finding home and a sense of belonging at the airport is at the heart of this mural greeting international passengers arriving at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). Located in the Customs Baggage Claim area in Terminal 2, We Have Now Arrived captures the timeless and symbolic reunions we see every day at airports between friends and families and those who have just arrived. Lee delivers fanciful portraits in vivid colors amongst a backdrop of a bustling, big, international city skyline. The mural stretches 34 feet across three-sides of a conveyor system atop the baggage carousel.