I can't tell you how uninterested I generally am in airport art—it's one of those travel-magazine standbys (such as designer uniforms for flight attendants, or chefs consulting on first-class food) that never interested me. But yesterday, when I was waiting for Adam at the Santa Barbara airport, I fell hard for two artworks. First, there was this contraption, "Good Time Clock IV 1984" by George Rhoads, out on a patio—a motion detector sends balls running various ways, creating various tones.
The second was out in front of the terminal. I didn't note the name of the artist, and I can't find it online, but I found the sculpture mesmerizing. It moves silently, despite the ambient noise caught by my phone.