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Drury students construct an art kiosk at the airport

For Immediate Release: March 9

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Traci Sooter
Associate Professor of Architecture
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Mobile: (417) 234-6405

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 9, 2010 — On March 12 and 13, Drury University architecture students will be at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. They aren't traveling or waiting for a plane to arrive, these students will be assembling an art kiosk in the main terminal that they designed and built.

The kiosk is a walk-through structure in the Great Hall at the airport between two baggage carousels, and it is designed to be more than a typical art display. "Instead of just creating something that people would walk by and look at, we wanted to create a space that would encourage people to experience the art itself," said Patrick Butler, Drury architecture student.

Four students in the Design-Build class in Drury's Hammons School of Architecture conceived the kiosk on paper and then set about putting it together. Constructing the kiosk at Drury provides a challenge to the students. "The unique part is that we have to fabricate the kiosk off-site, assemble it to make sure it all works, disassemble the structure, ship it to the airport and then assemble it on-site," said Traci Sooter, Drury architecture professor. The four students are: Patrick Butler, Justin Bruce, Austin Abbott and Daniel Renner. Drury Architecture Shop Supervisor Stanley Rone is co-teaching the class with Sooter.

The students created the 36x20 foot kiosk in several pieces and will transport it to the airport beginning March 9 making multiple trips over several days. They will then assemble it, with a goal of finishing the project by noon on Saturday, March 13.

The kiosk has several sustainable features including the use of reclaimed wood from a 100-year-old barn. Also, the gallery will have a clear coat finish instead of paint or stain.

The Springfield-Branson National Airport approached Drury about designing a kiosk to display art as part of the airport's marketing efforts, "The Midfield Terminal makes a good impression on visitors. We really want the airport to be an art venue and make it a part of the community," says Gary Cyr, director of aviation at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

The works of Drury art students will be the first exhibit on display in the kiosk. It will also feature works by art students from Springfield Public Schools every year.

Video/Photo opportunities: The bulk of the construction should take place during the day on Friday, March 12. The students will finish up the details on Saturday, March 13. If you are interested in covering the construction, contact Architecture Professor Traci Sooter at (417) 234-6405. Media wishing to photograph or videotape the assembly of the kiosk at the airport should contact Kent Boyd at the Springfield-Branson National Airport at (417) 868-0508.


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