Contemporary art greets passengers at Paris-Orly Airport

Aéroports de Paris (Paris: ADP) (OTC Pink: AEOPF) said it has partnered with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to transform the airport experience of passengers, partners and Paris-Orly airport employees into giant-size images.

These sketches are now displayed on the 3,200 meters-squared façade of the Paris-Orly South Terminal.

“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”, stresses Augustin de Romanet, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Paris.

After spending 10 days putting up the work of art, on 26 November Jean-Charles de Castelbajac put the finishing touches to the giant fresco, installed over the whole length of the Orly South Terminal façade. Covering a huge expanse measuring 17 metres in height and 202 metres in width, an area equivalent to that of just over 16 tennis courts, this decoration is made up of a set of 10 drawings by the artist, with the addition of “Bienvenue” in enormous letters and the name of the event, “Welcomestories”.

To collect these personal accounts, Aéroports de Paris had asked its passengers and partners to tell their best stories linked to the airport. Homecomings, separations, anniversaries and marriage proposals have been interpreted by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and transformed into a monumental work of art that now adorns the South Terminal façade.