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Mosaic Art Made of 10,000 Smiling Faces at Kansai Int’l to Celebrate Airport’s 15th Anniversary

Mosaic Art Made of 10,000 Smiling Faces at Kansai Int’l to Celebrate Airport’s 15th Anniversary

The mosaic art from the KankuSmiles project.

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On September 4, in commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary since its opening, Kansai International Airport in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture made public a piece of mosaic art reproducing an aerial photograph of the airport.

A mosaic is a method of combining several smaller parts to create a larger picture or design. For this work, the airport put together 10,440 “smiling headshots” submitted by the public for the “KankuSmiles” project (“Kanku” being the Japanese nickname for the airport) to create a realistic picture of aircraft parked at the terminal building on the airport island. The size of the picture is 1.8 meters high and 2.7 meters wide. It is on display in the Tsubasa no Hiroba (Tsubasa Plaza) on the fourth floor of the aiport’s terminal, and it was unveiled at a commemorative ceremony held on the day of the anniversary.

A photo exhibition entitled Kanku no Ayumi (meaning “Kansai Airport Footsteps”) celebrating the airport’s fifteenth anniversary will also be on display with the mosaic art.

The exhibition will be open until September 15.

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