Visitors to the French capital’s second largest international air gateway, Paris-Orly airport, can expect a close encounter of the artistic kind thanks to a newly unveiled giant fresco called “Welcomestories.”
Created by renowned artist and designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac the fresco was conceived as a visual way of communicating an airport’s role in passengers’ emotional as well as physical lives.
The piece, made up of 10 emotive sketches based on stories shared by air passengers, took 10 days to install. Spanning a total area of over 3,000 square metres the completed fresco covers the airport’s south terminal façade.
“This work of contemporary art illustrates the degree of intimacy linking the airport to all those who give it life, holding important moments of their past. It embodies our aim for continuous improvement in our customer service and echoes the desire of Aéroports de Paris to work on radiating French culture. This collaboration with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, a renowned artist, is the material expression of our commitment”, said Augustin de Romanet, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Paris.