Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Unveils Floor Mosaic Designed by Scott Parsons

A floor mosaic designed by Augustana's Scott Parsons, associate professor of art, was unveiled earlier today at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The 1,800-square-foot floor mosaic, located in the Terminal 2-Humphrey, is made of epoxy terrazzo and was installed by Grazzini Brothers and Company. It features a brightly-colored mosaic that, Parsons says, reflects Minnesota’s landscape and history and the movement of people through time and space as part of the larger human journey.

“As airline passengers and visitors pass through this terminal, I want them to connect their own travels and adventures in Minnesota and beyond to this larger movement of history and discovery,” Parsons said. “The story of humanity is one of a great journey: in a sense, we are all travelers. We locate ourselves in the stories that evoke our comings and goings, affirmed by the imagery which guides us in our discoveries of what might lay ahead and in our returning home.”

The floor mosaic was produced as part of MSP’s Arts and Culture Program, administered through a partnership between the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Airport Foundation MSP. The foundation is a non-profit organization that operates the Travelers Assistance program, engages in airport beautification projects and works to enhance the overall experience of travelers at MSP.

More than 1.5 million people traveled through Terminal 2-Humphrey in 2011, and passenger levels there increased 11.7 percent in the first eight months of 2012. The terminal is served by AirTran Airways, Icelandair, and Southwest, Spirit and Sun Country airlines.

Scott Parson's mosaic design at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport