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Ford International Airport selects local artist for aerial art installation in newly expanded Concourse A

Image courtesy of Ford International Airport

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has selected West Michigan-based artist, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, to install a one-of-a-kind suspended (aerial) art piece in the newly expanded Concourse A.

Thanks to support from the Frey Foundation, the Ford International Airport continues its commitment to showcasing local artists through its public art program. The Concourse A extension, part of a $110 million project to accommodate passenger growth, will feature three art mediums, including custom terrazzo flooring, an aerial art installation and murals.

We are thrilled to partner with Jeffrey, whose unique artistic vision and expertise will undoubtedly elevate the passenger experience. With millions of travelers passing through our Airport each year, we are delighted that the diverse talents of our art community will be shared with visitors from all over the world.

Tory Richardson, president and CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority

Songco is a multidisciplinary artist who uses installation, sculpture, photography and video to explore the intersections of his personal story with contemporary American culture.

Having won the prestigious ArtPrize Nine Installation Category Juried Award, Songco’s artwork has graced renowned venues across the United States, including Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York City, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. He is featured in the publication Queering Contemporary Asian American Art and as a writer, his pieces have appeared in Art21 Blog, Bad at Sports, HuffPost and Hyperallergic.

I’m truly honored to create artwork that depicts a story about West Michigan. I’m grateful to the Ford International Airport Authority and the Frey Foundation for this opportunity, as well as the continued support of opportunities for regional artists. I’m passionate about the arts and culture of West Michigan, and I want this artwork to reflect that sense of pride.

Jeffrey Augustine Songco

The artwork — titled Facets — will consist of three large-scale, site-specific suspended sculptures, composed of hundreds of strands of colorful, multi-sided shapes.

Like the sparkling gems of a necklace, this work is colorful and flashy. I’ve had the privilege of engaging with local residents, workers, and visitors in a variety of ways, and Facets is a celebration of the different and beautiful faceted gems of our community.

Jeffrey Augustine Songco

The Ford International Airport’s Concourse A expansion will transform the travel experience for passengers, featuring modern amenities, eight new gates, additional concession and retail concepts, sustainable design elements and more. With Songco’s artwork as a focal point, the Airport can further enhance the guest experience, creating a memorable journey for all travelers passing through the space.