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Art Exhibit Reinstalled At Eugene Airport Without Garrison Keillor

Casey Boatman, Eugene Airport

An art exhibit called “Flight Patterns” is being re-installed this week at the Eugene Airport. A photo of the public radio personality Garrison Keillor will not be part of it after he was fired Wednesday for alleged inappropriate behavior.

The popular art piece created in 1989 by Eugene artist David Joyce, shows almost life-sized black & white photos of people, most of them locals, in what looks like mid-flight. Garrison Keillor happened to be in town when Joyce was working on the project and is one of the only non-local, famous people in the collection. Casey Boatman is spokesman for the Eugene Airport.

“It was perfect timing as far as reconfiguring the display. And it just made sense to pull it because 30 of the pieces were already designated to not go back up so we had some to choose from.”

The 176 photo exhibit was removed from the airport a little over a year ago for a remodeling and expansion project. The Flying People will now be displayed on both sides of airport security.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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