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Crowne Plaza AiRE – Aviation Art

We wanted to share a recent press release sent out by the Crowne Plaza AiRE located in Bloomington, MN!

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Aviation Art Takes Off at Crowne Plaza AiRE

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May 16, 2016. Bloomington, MN – Aviation-themed art is the centerpiece of the renovations at the Crowne Plaza AiRE. The 430-room property, adjacent to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and the Hubert Humphrey Charter Terminal, is closely linked with the history of Minneapolis aviation. The hotel has commissioned art works from local artists as a way to support the artistic community and to educate guests about aviation history.

The aviation-theme begins with an arresting glass sculpture in the lobby by noted Minneapolis glass artist Michael Boyd. Boyd is not only a celebrated local artist but the founder of Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts (Foci MCGA), a non-profit glass studio, education center and exhibition space.

Beyond the lobby, Danny Kahler, a Minneapolis-based photographer, is treating the hotel as a gallery, using photographic installations with deep historical connections to both Minneapolis aviation and the general history of aviation.

“We’re creating a collection that covers every era,” Kahler says. “One of our staffers has been working on this project since last August, using the resources of the Minnesota Historical Society and the Library of Congress. We’re seeking the right mix of private, commercial and military imagery, from the Wright Brothers to modern day aircraft, and using a large number of images associated with Northwest Airlines and Delta.”

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Kahler, who has a long track record of creative work with Midwestern lodging properties, specializes in discovering and using images that are both appealing and accurate. The team at Kahler Photo are taking the sourced images and creating an array of aviation themed prints and panels, some of them tightly cropped and taking on an abstract feeling. The images are then printed and mounted on acrylic, aluminum and wood, and hung using a special floating frame.

By working with local artists, Crowne Plaza AiRE will offer travelers a true sense of place rather than the typical generic art found in most hotels. The hotel is also opening a second floor gallery which will hold rotating exhibitions of the work of local artists.


About Crowne Plaza AiRE

Crowne Plaza AiRE in Bloomington, Minnesota offers 430 rooms and suites that are currently being refurbished with an aviation theme. The hotel has 18,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a new restaurant with a wood-fired oven, a 1,500 square foot fitness center and an indoor salt water Junior Olympic swimming pool. Situated minutes away from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and the Hubert Humphrey Charter Terminal, the property offers one of the finest locations in greater Minneapolis. Crowne Plaza AiRE is managed by the Kaeding Management Group, LLC, which has nearly four decades of experience in developing and managing an array of high-quality commercial and residential real estate products including commercial office buildings, restaurants, apartments and hotels.

Crowne Plaza Aire, MSP Airport-Mall of America, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55425 T. 952-854-9000

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