Workers remove 'Chrysalis' from airport concourse

Workers began dismantling "Chrysalis" Monday night.

A new art installation will be installed at the Indianapolis International Airport in time to be viewed by holiday travelers.

The Indianapolis Airport Authority announced in a release late Monday that the "On Screen" program will be launched next month. The program includes the installation of an LED video wall above the main escalator in the terminal. Airport officials say the video wall "will provide the airport with the flexibility to allow a wide range of artists fresh opportunities to create temporary works that rotate over time."

The first installation will be a video work by Indianapolis-based multimedia artist Artur Silva titled "Perm Press: The American Cycle." The video will feature various American and Indiana icons in a "non-linear fashion." The video is 62 seconds long, roughly the amount of time it takes a passenger to move down the escalator or stairs from the airport's Civic Plaza to baggage claim, officials said in the release.

The location of the video wall previously featured Chrysalis by James Wille Faust.

"We regret that this process affected Chrysalis, a much-admired piece that helped garner praise for our program," said John D. Clark III, IAA's executive director and CEO. "However, art will continue to complement and strengthen the award-winning beauty of our terminal and concourses. We remain committed to a robust art program featuring local, national and international artists, we are confident this approach will evolve as a model for other airports."

The Silva video will run for about six months, replaced in June 2012 by a selection of photographs from New York-based artist Nina Katchadourian, called "Seat Assignment." The photographs were taken aboard flights over a period of time with a mobile phone, creating "inventive landscapes, portraits, and still life tableaus

using pages torn out from in-flight magazines, pretzel crumbs, straws, and other materials readily available between take-off and landing."

Workers were at the airport late Monday night removing Chrysalis piece by piece, carefully packaging it in crates. Airport officials say the Faust piece will remain as part of the airport authority's collection.

The On Screen program is curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and will present two new projects annually, officials said.

Read the airport's release