Airport Art Project Could Cost $4 Million

ATLANTA (AP) -- The cost of an art installation designed to create a virtual forest at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has ballooned to $4 million -- more than triple what it would have cost when the project was first proposed 10 years ago.

Steven Waldeck's "Flight Paths" would be the airport's most expensive and ambitious single project to date if approved. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports airport officials will soon ask the city council to OK the project.

The installation, which would be paid for with airport funds set aside from fees, is raising questions about how much is too much to pay for airport art. Expensive artwork in airports is not new, with art projects and budgets in the millions of dollars at airports in cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Seattle and Dallas.

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