AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin-Bergstrom Airport here unveiled a giant
hologram as part of its second anniversary celebration.
The 3-D image, featuring a guitar and sheet music of the song
"London Homesick Blues," resides above the main doors of the
Barbara Jordan Terminal's baggage claim area.
It measures 10 feet by 4 feet, and will be joined by two other
holograms -- one on nature, to be erected in a few months, and one
on technology, to appear by year's end.
According to the airport, the completed image, at 30 feet by
four feet, will be the world's largest publicly displayed
The hologram is a present to the city of Austin by three local
companies -- creators Zebra Imaging and Frog Design, and Samsung
Austin Semiconductor, which is underwriting much of the cost.
"This gift personifies the technological and cultural character
of Austin," said Jim Smith, executive director of the Austin
Department of Aviation.
Austin-Bergstrom, opened in May of 1999, serviced 7.6 million
passengers last year, a 14.2% increase compared with 1999 (arrival
figures included Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, which this
New nonstop service from Austin this year includes Vanguard to
Kansas City, Mo., which started Jan. 7; American to Boston, May 1,
and SkyWest to Salt Lake City, June 1.