City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
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Juneau International Airport

1% Art Program


The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has fostered the development of culture and the arts through the purchase or commissioning of works of art for municipal facilities. The local ordinance requires that at least one percent of appropriations for capital expenditures for facilities that receive significant public use be devoted to the acquisition of works of art to be displayed at those facilities. This policy is commonly referred to as the 1% for Art program.

When a construction or renovation project meets the parameters that require investment in art through the 1% for Art program, an art selection panel is appointed to review and select works of art for inclusion in the project.

The Juneau International Airport, with nearly one million passengers passing through its terminal each year, is a major public facility in Juneau and has incorporated the 1% for Art into many of its large projects. Most recently, as part of the 2010 renovation and addition to the terminal’s east wing, the Airport used 1% for Art funds to commission artwork by Janice Criswell and Steve Henrikson. Their hanging sculpture, “Wetland Wings,” is located in the two story vestibule of the east wing, near baggage claim. Flocks of migrating birds constructed of metal and glass in the Tlingit “form line” art style greet arriving visitors en route to the baggage area. The sculpture celebrates the birds of the Mendenhall wetlands, the 4,000-acre refuge that surrounds the Airport. The birds represented in the sculpture are Arctic Terns, Bonaparte’s Gulls, Mallard Ducks, and Snow Geese.


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