ASHWAUBENON - A community art project is now on display for those traveling through Ashwaubenon's Austin Straubel International Airport.
It's called Art Meets Heart. Artists, volunteers and sponsors came together Wednesday morning to dedicate the mosaic.
Bill Miller is a busy business traveler.
"Usually when I'm in an airport, I'm on the fly," said Bill Miller of Bangor, Maine.
But Wednesday, he paused to take in the Art Meets Heart Community Mosaic.
"It's certainly different than the Packers isn't it?" said Miller.
From the casual to the classic, the canvases are only 6 inches square.
"This is mine," said Marilee Jahn, artist and Art Garage board member.
Jahn sent a personal message.
"I lost a dear friend, so I put the loss of a loved one leaves a big hole, which it does," said Jahn.
Three-hundred squares make up the mosaic.
"There's paint, there's cloth, there's beads and there's everything. All kinds of media," said Jahn.
From ages 8 to 80, community members created the display.
"They're not all artists, they're not all wanna-be artists. They're people who appreciate what they can do with their hands in a visual sense, that make people understand what their passion is," said Sandy Melroy, Art Garage board member.
With a ceremonial snip of the scissors, the mosaic was officially dedicated.
The Art Garage spear headed the project.
It is a local non-profit group which promotes the arts.
"I was so excited when I saw this, I said this is art, right here, this is art," said Jahn.
Behind each square is a story. A video presentation was created so travelers can check out each one.
"Each tile has a different reason for being created. A different motivation, a different technique, just like art," said Joe Eckberg, Camera Corner.
"Some of the stories, they'll make you cry, others will make you laugh, others will make you absolutely in awe of what people can do," said Melroy.
Airport officials say 200,000 people will walk through concourse B this year. This is the first time art is on display on the airport walls.
"It's very nice, very nice. Nice project," said Miller.
You need to have a ticket on Delta and clear security to view the mosaic which will be on display until the end of the year.
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