Terminal 1 is home to more than 10 airlines. Staying true to its historic aviation roots, Terminal 1 showcases the best of St. Louis art in many publicly accessible spaces and on each concourse. Terminal 1 features permanent exhibitions that pays homage to aviation pioneers as well as temporary exhibitions that reflect regional pride. To view previous exhibitions, visit the Exhibition Archives page.
Glass Prairie by Lindsay Obermeyer & Attractor by Jerry Monteith
Pre Security, Terminal 1, Ticketing Lounge
Glass Prairie features more than a dozen glass beaded flowers that mimic the real native prairie flowers of Missouri. Obermeyer says her works invites visitors to see the beautiful aspect of our native, natural landscape. Her creations are made in the same tradition of beaded flowers dating back 500 years.
Attractor takes the tradition of fly-tying (fishing lures) to produce miniature sculptures of imaginary insects. With names like “Green Eye,” “Blue Green Spider,” “Wide Spider,” and “Double Medusa,” Monteith uses metal, fabric, plastic, glass, and even organic materials to lure his viewers into seeing a whole other world of creepy crawlers.
Glass Prairie and Attractor are on display through December, 2019.
Batik Story Quilts: Yoruba and Other Cultural Proverbs by Tunde Odulande, Curated by The Griot Museum of Black History
Pre-Security, Terminal 1, Baggage Claim Window 5 and A Concourse Entrance
Drawing from his Yoruba heritage and culture, these vibrant story quilts to provide a compelling visual backdrop for public dialogue around socio-cultural issues. When creating his work, Odulande first uses the batik method of hand-dyeing multiple layers of pattern, imagery and color on cloth; then, uses these vibrant cloths as components in his pictorial quilts. Odulande’s hand-dyed fabrics and intricate patterns create visual guides and cues, challenging the public to reconsider any preconceived notions regarding issues affecting our world.
Batik Story Quilts: Yoruba and Other Cultural Proverbs is on display now through October 23, 2019.
Watershed Cairns by Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan
Pre-Security, Terminal 1, Baggage Claim level
Watershed Cairns, an exhibition of six large-scale photographic images features dream-like glass markers, or cairns, in dynamic landscapes contained in the Mississippi river basin. The photographs, enlarged to nearly 7 ft. tall, are exhibited in light display boxes on the passageways between the lower level and baggage claim.
Watershed Cairns is on display through November, 2019.
China China by Zhu Wei
Pre-Security, Terminal 1, Ticketing level
China China, a bronze statue by Beijing artist Zhu Wei is on display on the ticketing level of Terminal 1. One of China’s most successful artists, Wei attempts to “show how to modernize the past” through two characters dressed suits commonly associated with Chairman Mao’s rule.
China China is on loan from the Gateway Foundation.
The Village by Alicia LaChance
Post-Security, Terminal 1, C Concourse
Shared modernity and new velocities influenced LaChance’s The Village. Completed in 2012, this terrazzo piece greets passengers both arriving and departing from STL at the confluence of the C Concourse exit and the C concourse security checkpoint.
Black Americans in Flight by Spencer Taylor & Solomon Thurman
Pre-Security, Terminal 1, Exit 11
Dedicated to honor African-American achievements in aviation, Black Americans in Flight has been on display since 1990. Part of STL’s permanent art collection, Black Americans in Flight depicts 75 different individuals on 5 panels. Black Americans in Flight is located in Terminal 1, near Exit 11 at the C Concourse exit.
Hawthorne Tree, by Isaac Witkin
Pre-Security, Terminal 1, Ticketing Level
A cast bronze piece with a blend of abstraction and figuration. Reminiscent of a gnarled and thorny tree found in Witkin’s native South Africa.
Hawthorne Tree is on loan from Laumeier Sculpture Park
Eclipse by Charles Arnoldi
Pre-Security, Terminal 1, Ticketing Level
A quirky, double-oval-shaped bronze sculpture, quasi-figurative in form and scale. Each hollowed-out, walnut shape employs the hand of the artist, as frantic finger trails are embedded into the surface.
Eclipse is on loan from Laumeier Sculpture Park.
NUCLEIC LIFE FORMATIONS byAmy Cheng
Terminal 1, MetroLink Station
Two water jet-cut ceramic tile murals suggestive of striated nightscapes crossed by a constellation of “stars” that loosely mimics a DNA double helix. The work evokes the universal connection between all living things micro and macro, the cells and the cosmos.