Hologram marks Austin facility's second year

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 hologram.

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 facility replaced).

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.

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