Terminal 2 Tour
Approximate time to complete: 30 minutes
As you enter Terminal 2 you will see two large white sculptures hanging from the ceiling, Topograph, by Kendall Buster. The suspended shapes look like fragments of a larger mysterious mass, such as clouds. What do you think they look like?
Take a look at the hanging lights in the terminal. They are shaped like an airplane wing. Count the lights. Are they the same number on both sides of the terminal? (Virgin America has 21 lights, American Airlines has 22 lights)
Walk past the Virgin America check in counters on the right side of terminal 2. You will see two large paintings by artist Marc Katano, Torso and Greeting a Totem. You will also see Seiji Kunishima’s massive stone sculpture Stacking Stones. Kunishima worked at a quarry near his hometown of Nagoya, Japan, known for its black granite. The artist had to work onsite, rain or shine, because the stone was far too heavy to move around without professional help. He shaped each section of rock to fit into the next, so it looks like the rocks are floating on top of each other. This sculpture weighs 14 tons.
Exit the terminal through the sliding doors closest to the artwork. Turn left and walk up to the glass walkway. If you look up to the sky to the left, you should see the new control tower. Or, find the small window in the center of the wall next to the walkway. Peer down onto the tower’s base. Standing 221 feet tall, the new control tower is an inspiring piece of technology. The tower uses environmentally-friendly technology and provides the airport with the finest equipment for flight safety and security.
Walk back to the center of the terminal and find the Suggested Passenger Meeting Point lounge area to the left of the TSA security check point, near the escalators to the terminal 2 arrivals level. There are three beautiful tapestries by Marc Adams that depict garden imagery from local San Francisco and Bay Area sites. Next, find the grey map image on the wall by the escalators. Do you know what city it represents? (San Francisco). Take the escalators down to the Arrivals Level.
Find San Francisco artist Dan Snyder’s “Welcome Wall” with figures in bright, primary colors to your left. Take a moment and look at the gestures the figures are making. How would you describe their gestures? To the artist they were joy, victory welcome, and togetherness. The figures capture the friendly spirit of people who live in the Bay Area welcoming visitors from all over the world.
Take the stairs back up to the Departures Level or take the elevator to Level 2. Turn right and head toward the elevators and escalators in front of the TSA security check point. Go to Level 3 and walk across the glass bridge. Ride the escalator, either on your left or your right, up to the AirTrain platform.
AirTrain has great views of the Airport and the runways. A full trip on the Red Line, which circles SFO’s four terminals, takes approximately 9 minutes. A return trip on the Blue Line, which goes to SFO’s Rental Car Center, takes about19 minutes. Sit at the front of the first car for the best view. For the fastest trip to Terminal 1, ride the red train to the next stop.
To return to Terminal 2 take the AirTrain Blue Line for 1 stop or walk from Terminal 1.