While travelling, you spend much time in airports. While waiting for your flight it is good to have something to do. This is an guest post about Gatwick, where the travellers by others can time-travel with pieces that illustrate London’s rich and cultural heritage.
Despite the pretense of a royal and grand city, London will always have something to offer every type of traveller. From an active yet stylish aviation hub such as Gatwick to a congested yet well-organized urban metropolis, the capital represents beauty and efficiency on every corner. Behind all its typical images, London also has a special way of embracing tourists and locals in such a way that it brilliantly represents culture, class, and style – starting with its airport.
London Gatwick is the UK’s second most active and second biggest international airport following Heathrow. In 1958, during its first year of operation, the Crawley, West Sussex landing field served close to 200,000 airline passengers. Six decades after its establishment, Gatwick now welcomes a yearly average of 40 million travellers flying to more than 200 destinations worldwide. Considering these massive numbers, it’s inevitable that specific problems will arise both in and out of the airport.
In terms of the high passenger volume, Gatwick Airport has already invested millions of pounds to improve its facilities across the board. It even incorporated better parking facilities at both North and South Terminal. As a point of reference, the former has long stay and summer special airport parking provisions, while the latter offers long stay and long stay plus. In addition, industry experts from Parking4Less point out a multiple award-winning short stay carpark conveniently nestled in the middle of the two terminals.
Other than being the world’s busiest single-use runway, Gatwick has a distinct quality that separates it from the more recognizable Heathrow. The magic happens inside both the North and South Terminal, as the airport presents exquisite artworks by the one and the only Sir Peter Blake. Here, Gatwick Airport takes people on a time-travelling experience with pieces that celebrate London’s excellence, as well as illustrate its rich, cultural heritage.
Blake’s art perfectly captures the capital’s most beloved facets. It represents London’s cosmopolitan spirit with equally divine depictions of architectural marvels, classic backdrops, and iconic public transportation vehicles. North and South each have 12 unique art pieces that present airline passengers a short yet momentous tour inside Gatwick Airport. Furthermore, these works of art give locals and tourists alike a piece of London’s heart in the sincerest of forms.
It’s amazing how in spite of the grandness, the history, and the activity of a city and an airport like London and Gatwick, that people find a way of valuing art. It may not exactly be a solution to a growing problem like airport parking and passenger congestion; however, it represents something bigger, more magical than expected. All in all, these beautiful art pieces provide not just a diversion, but also a deeper sense of appreciation of the city’s origins.