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South­west Florida holds some hid­den art trea­sures to en­joy if you just slow down your rush to get where you are go­ing and sa­vor what sur­rounds you along the way. It starts at South­west Florida In­ter­na­tional Air­port ( RSW). Whether you are in­bound or out­bound, you will find a num­ber of won­der­ful ex­hibits of art­work as you make your way through the ter­mi­nal com­plex. Ac­tu­ally, this ma­jor trans­porta­tion hub is much like an art cen­ter for more than seven mil­lion visi­tors a year. Even lo­cal res­i­dents drop by to see what is cur­rently on dis­play.

It all be­gan when the air­port’s new ter­mi­nal build­ing opened back in Septem­ber 2005. From the inau­gu­ral day, the idea of in­cor­po­rat­ing cul­tural icons through­out the build­ing was fac­tored into the fu­ture of the fa­cil­ity.

“The goal of South­west Florida In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s Art in Flight pro­gram is to show­case the lo­cal and re­gional art com­mu­nity in a truly unique set­ting that can be en­joyed by air­port em­ploy­ees, res­i­dents, and the mil­lions of pas­sen­gers that travel through RSW each year,” says Robert M. Ball, A. A. E., ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Lee County Port Au­thor­ity.

Ex­pres­sive im­ages of wildlife and na­ture by pho­tog­ra­pher Alan Maltz were one of

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