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Delco Schoolkids Create World-Travel Art For PHL Airport

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Where in the world would you like to visit?

Fifth and sixth-grade students from a Delaware County elementary school answered that question by way of art, and their work is now being displayed at Philadelphia International Airport.

This morning at Terminal D, the kids from Tinicum School were helping to install the work they have been creating for a couple of weeks in art class.  Icons from world destinations were attached to colorful tissue paper on a stretch of windows, giving it a stained-glass effect.

“I think I learned more about the places there than I would in geography class,” said one fifth grader.

(A teacher works with students to fabricate the cutouts for the art display.  Photo by John McDevitt)

(A teacher works with students to fabricate the cutouts for the art display. Photo by John McDevitt)

The symbols include Philadelphia’s city hall, the pyramids of Egypt, the Gateway Arch of St. Louis, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Leah Douglas, director of exhibitions at the airport, says art displays throughout the terminals are a community service.

“We are reaching out to the professional artist as well as to the aspiring artist,” she notes, “and it’s a way to not only welcome (children) into the airport environment and to teach them what is happening and how the airport functions, but it’s also a way to elevate our decor here in the airport, engage our passengers, engage our meeters and greeters who come here.  And it gives them a flavor of what our surrounding region is about.”

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