Places to Go – Things to See on Your Way

Sometimes there are wonderful things to see right on our way to the places we want to go. We just need to take a moment and look. The HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport is a good place to take time and look. While this is the busiest airport in the world, it is also a treasure of learning.

The many concourses of the Atlanta airport are connected with a great underground train. But if you don’t take the train, there are moving walkways connecting the terminals. Or, you can just walk to stretch your legs, which feels great and really helps little ones burn off energy. Recently I had a long layover and here’s what I found.

In the terminal atrium, outside of security, a magnificent Yangchuanosaurus, thirty-one feet long and ten feet tall smiles down at travelers resting between flights. He is part of a private collection currently on loan.

Want ice, ice, and deep blue water? Between Concourses A and D is the Transportation Mall where you’ll find an exhibit of Antarctica photos taken by Santiago Vanegas. Vanegas returned from Antarctica in 2009 with eleven thousand photos. The current display contains fifty of his best and will remain on display until February 2012.

Do you like model airplanes? Is anyone studying World War II or the role of jewelry in displaying patriotism? Visit the McAvoy Collection in the South Terminal to see handcarved WWII model airplanes created by Georgia native Holice McAvoy. The National Museum of Patriotism provided the exhibit with Sweetheart Jewelry. This jewelry was created and worn to show patriotism and support for soldiers during World War II. Learn more.

Presented by the Airport Art Authority, Concourse E holds the Martin Luther King, Jr. exhibit of personal items, including the robe Dr. King wore when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. The King Center has loaned the items and plans an expansion.

For more photos and information on these special exhibits, check this link.

If you enjoy purses made of woven gum wrappers or juice packs, then you’ll love Recycle Runway in Concourse E. Artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd inspires us with fun and fashion to rethink waste. Visit www.RecyleRunway.com/ATL for more ideas, eco-quiz, video, and more resources.

More learning from the Atlanta airport will be coming.

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