Art of the Airport Tower


A Traveling Exhibit from the National Air and Space Museum
of the Smithsonian Institution

Alliance Airport

The architecture of the control tower at Alliance Airport, Fort Worth, Texas, is simple yet striking.

Go on a photographic journey to airports around the world with Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo. She explores the varied forms and functions of air traffic control towers and interprets them in their artistic, technological and historic context.

Opening Reception
with Carolyn Russo, Photographer

May 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm

The unique black and white imagery brings a heightened awareness to the simple beauty of the airport tower. Each tower tells a unique and important story about its airport, community and culture. The crescent-shaped tower at the Abu Dhabi International Airport resembles the sail of a dhow boat to emphasize the area’s proud maritime heritage. Historic towers such as the Ford Island Tower that withstood the attack on Pearl Harbor, provide a glimpse into earlier aviation eras. Collectively these towers play a pivotal role in the vast air traffic control network that brings people of the world closer together.

The exhibit includes 50 large-format fine art framed photographs with captions, six panels including an introduction by Smithsonian commercial aviation expert F. Robert van der Linden, and Art of the Airport Tower brochures for younger visitors. 

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