Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport houses the Southeast's biggest and busiest art galleries

“Saints” by Radcliffe Bailey, commissioned by the airport in 1996. (Courtesy of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.)

What’s the biggest, busiest gallery in the Southeast? Of course, it’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The giant travel hub complex extends over an area nearly twice the size of Decatur. Even with the runways, that’s still a lot of walls, and they’re in front of the eyes of hundreds of thousands of visitors every day — numbers most galleries could only dream of.

Coordinating the curation, acquisition and placement of art at Hartsfield-Jackson is an enormous task, one handled in part by Benjamin Austin, senior art program manager in the airport’s planning and development division, and Art Program Manager Jess Bernhart.

In this interview, they both joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to speak more about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s art.