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Engage in Manchester Airport’s Artistic Evolution: Your Input Counts

We’re looking to invite the community of Manchester, to participate in an exciting project that’s poised to redefine the artistic landscape of Manchester Airport. Led by Denton based Lazerian studio in collaboration with students from the esteemed Manchester School of Architecture, based in the city centre, this initiative is commissioned to breathe new life into the airport’s iconic glass chandeliers, transforming them into a captivating art installation for the eagerly anticipated Terminal 2 opening in 2025.

This project is not just about aesthetics; it’s about infusing the essence of Manchester into every aspect of the airport experience. By repurposing some of the original chandeliers, we’re paying homage to the airport’s rich history while ushering in a new era of creativity and innovation. Manchester Airport want to be unique and unlike any of the other major european airports and so the transformation programme delivery director wants feedback from not just departing passengers, airline partners, passengers passing and Manchester City centre residents but also anyone with memories of the original hand blown three chandeliers and anyone who eagerly anticipate witnessing the new art installation in terminal 2. The second phase will be the final artwork from the Manchester school for the newly redesigned departure hall at Manchester airport.



A render of the new Manchester Airport terminal at Manchester Airport. This part is the check in area of terminal 2 near the tram station and parking area.
A render of the upcoming terminal 2 airport including a man with luggage and other nearby images include services and facilities located on either side of the manchester airport terminal. In terminal 2 there are passengers shopping and spending money

Lazerian, in collaboration with students from the Manchester School of Architecture, which is a amalgamation of Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester University, is spearheading the ambitious project to reimagine Manchester Airport and its iconic chandeliers. Teaming up with Manchester airport, Lazerian brings its expertise in innovative design and artistry to the table. This groundbreaking initiative involves repurposing one of the original chandeliers to craft a captivating new installation that will take center stage at the heart of the new Terminal 2 in Manchester Airport. However, this project goes beyond mere aesthetics; it’s about capturing the essence of Manchester’s identity and spirit. To infuse authenticity into the design process, members of the public are invited to share their memories of the chandeliers and reflections on travel from Manchester. By gathering insights from the community, the students will draw inspiration to create a piece of art that resonates with the collective experiences and aspirations of Manchester’s residents and visitors alike.

Original iconic glass chandeliers at Manchester Airport

The original chandeliers at Manchester Airport, installed in Terminal 1 when the airport opened its doors in 1962, were more than just luminous fixtures; they were symbols of elegance and sophistication. Designed by architect Stefan Buzas and meticulously hand-blown by glass maker Bruno Zanetti at the Venini factory in Murano, Italy, these magnificent 17-foot chandeliers featured 1,300 pieces of crystal each, casting a mesmerising glow over travellers as they embarked on their journeys. With their timeless beauty and exquisite craftsmanship, these chandeliers left an indelible mark on the airport’s identity and the memories of those who passed beneath them. Local residents loved the original glass of Manchester airport’s iconic chandeliers.

One of the beloved glass chandeliers from Manchester Airport’s Terminal 1 found its new home at the World of Glass Museum in St Helens, serving as a beacon of history and artistry. Rescued from the airport’s modernisation efforts in 2003, this exquisite piece of craftsmanship now captivates visitors with its timeless elegance and storied past. Suspended in a space where art and industry converge, the chandelier serves as a tangible reminder of Manchester’s rich cultural heritage and the airport’s enduring legacy. Its presence in the World of Glass Museum offers a unique opportunity for visitors to admire and appreciate the intricate beauty of this historic artifact.

An image of a Manchester airport terminal, possibly check in or alternatively arrivals or departures. The facilities located in the terminal are mostly for passengers to visit before flying north or south both domestic and internationally. It is a black and white image and probably in the 1960's or slightly earlier. Located in the image is a young family with luggage with other nearby images including the glass chandeliers that hang free from the manchester airport terminal

Community feedback and memories to support the first phase

Here’s where you come in: your insights are invaluable in shaping the direction of this transformative endeavor. Both the students, Lazerian and Manchester Airport are asking for your honest reflections on a variety of topics, including your memories of the original chandeliers, your sentiments about Northern identity, and your personal experiences with travel from Manchester and Manchester Airport. Your feedback will serve as the cornerstone of inspiration for the students involved in the project, guiding them as they conceptualise and execute this remarkable glass artwork.

The questionnaire, meticulously crafted by the students of the Manchester School of Architecture, is designed to capture the essence of Manchester and Manchester airport. By sharing your thoughts, you’re not only contributing to the artistic vision of Terminal 2 and the creative visions of the new installation, but also leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of our community’s heritage. As one of the major European airports, Manchester Airport and its new international departure lounge in the UK’s largest airport, will be a significant community benefit.

As we embark on this journey of artistic evolution, we invite you to be an integral part of the process and be on the collaborative journey of the new terminal and Manchester airport’s iconic chandeliers. Your participation isn’t just welcomed; it’s essential. Together, let’s shape the future of Manchester Airport and create an enduring legacy that reflects the spirit of our city. It’s both an honour to work with architecture students on this new art installation that has already helped manchester airport grow.

To join us in this endeavour, simply click here to share your insights.

Thank you for lending your voice to this transformative project.

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