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New artwork by Salmon Arm artist on display at Kelowna International Airport

The 40-foot art exhibition is by Steve Mennie
Salmon Arm artist Steve Mennie has his new art on display at the Kelowna International Airport. It will be on display for a year. (Kelowna Art Gallery/Contributed)

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) will look a little different next time you walk through it.

As people wait for their turn at the airport check-in, they can look up and see 40 feet of new art on the wall, organized by the Kelowna Art Gallery.

The art is called ‘Semiotically Speaking’ by Salmon Arm artist Steve Mennie, who is originally from Revelstoke.

The Kelowna Art Gallery describes the piece as, “these works highlight the artist’s interest in signs and symbols (semiotics) and take a closer look at how we use them to communicate ideas. Have you ever stared at something that’s very familiar for long enough that it begins to look strange? In a similar way, airport visitors will encounter examples of common road signs that, when taken out of their regular context, may cause them to scratch their heads and think, “how’d we ever decide that this is supposed to represent this idea?”

YLW will have the art on display from June 2023 to June 2024.

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Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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