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ABIA upgrade to include $355K worth of art

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Murals, statues and graffiti--it's all considered art in Austin and the creativity is on display all over town.

In November 2014 Jason Zielinski says you'll be able to add the airport to that list, thanks to 15 construction projects and a city ordinance for Art in Public Places.

"With the cell phone lot expansion and the roadway creation and 13 other projects, have been rolled into one AIPP funding source of $355,000 to create some local art for this area," said Zielinski.

For those of you who don't know, a cell phone waiting lot is a free parking area. You wait here until you pick up arrivals at the airport. They have all kinds of amenities like a screen to keep track of arrivals, bathrooms, free wifi, and even a food trailer. It's all here to help you pass the time.

"San Antonio, we go there quite a bit, that doesn't even compare to this one," said Joan Kuck from New Braunfels.

Joan and Jon Kuck are waiting for loved ones to arrive, but the plane is late.

Joan added, "We came here early, but the plane is ten minutes late."

$355,000 will be used on artwork at ABIA because of a city ordinance that requires 2 percent of all construction projects go toward the city's Art in Public Places Program.

"That's a lot of money and I just can't see a city spending that kind of money on a cell phone waiting parking lot," said John.

Joan added, "I would like it. It would pass the time for me, because sitting here, just waiting for a plane can be boring."

"It's intended to bring an extra enhancement to city projects," said Meghan Wells with the City of Austin.

Meghan Wells says the Dallas artist chosen for this project had to meet certain requirements from the city.

Wells said, "It has to be contemporary work, engage both pedestrians and people in moving vehicles, it has to be distinct from the rest of the setting from the site and it has to emphasize the uniqueness of this particular development."

The money is not coming from tax payer dollars.

"Unlike a lot of the other city departments, we actually don't receive tax payer dollars to operate the airport. The airport operates on and generates its own revenue," said Zielinski.

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