KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The design team for the new KCI wants to make sure the airport is as beautiful as it is functional.

Currently at the Kansas City International Airport, the most recognized art installation is the blue terrazzo floor. Designers could choose to put in a big project like that or a commission a few smaller pieces. They’re working with a $5 million budget

This week, the Municipal Art Commission voted to endorse a contracting company to help with planning and public engagement. The city would like to work with San Francisco-based Community Arts International.

The commission says they wanted to involve someone with experience navigating the complexities of designing art for an airport.

"With an airport, you have all of the Department of Homeland Security regulations, FAA regulations, etc. And it was really critical to the key stakeholders here that we have somebody that has that demonstrated experience," public art administrator James Martin said.

Community Arts International will help coordinate the vision of the local arts community with architectural designs.

"We definitely want public input on what they use the space for, how do they interact with it, what do they imagine, what do they envision for being great art in an airport?" Martin said.

Art in the new airport will be one of the most expensive public art projects Kansas City has ever done. It is funded by the One Percent for Art program. One percent of the budget for any public building in the city is set aside for artwork on the property. The program has been around for more than 30 years and has funded pieces like the “Sky Station” sculptures near Bartle Hall.

Martin said the process of selecting art for the new terminal is in its very early stages.

“Art is very important in Kansas City. It’s how we identify as a city. We love our sports teams, we love our barbeque, we love our music, and we also love visual art,” Martin said.

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