A new exhibit featuring neon artworks by Los Angeles-based artist Lili Lakich is on display at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) through the end of the year.
The exhibit is in the Customs Area of the Tom Bradley International Terminal on the arrivals level, and is on view for ticketed passengers. The free exhibit is presented by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA, the city airport agency that operates LAX) in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Serving as guest curator, Lakich, known for her large-scale neon sculptures, selected 14 smaller artworks, including works from her “Flaming Hearts,” “Reel Art,” and “Argon Lovers” series. The sculptures combine aluminum cutouts of human figures and profiles with glass tubes filled with neon or argon gases.
Many of the neon artworks incorporate found objects such as film reels, bicycle, motorcycle and car parts, keys, drawer pulls, locks and gears.
“Creating these smaller sculptures involves a spontaneity that I am not able to bring to my larger works, which necessitate extensive planning,” said Lakich.
Lakich says she discovered neon as a student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in the mid 1960s. Lakich is also involved in two other projects with Los Angeles World Airports.
In 2006, the artist was commissioned by the agency to create a neon sculpture for the LAX FlyAway bus terminal in Van Nuys, which operates a bus service to and from LAX.
Lakich’s sculpture “Helios” was installed at LAX in August and will remain on view in Remote Terminal Gate 210 for ticketed passengers.
The purpose of the Art Exhibits Program at LAX and is to educate and entertain the traveling public, while emphasizing a cultural experience highlighting what makes Los Angeles unique and interesting, airport officials said. Exhibits may be historic, popular, artistic, or graphic design in nature and may arise from museums, fine art, archives, environment or other fields.
Exhibits are on display in Terminals 1, 2, 3 at Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, and Terminals 2 and 4 at LA/Ontario.