Amid the bustle at John Wayne Airport and announcements alerting travelers to impending departures, a different mode of travel was showcased Monday — water.
ExplorOcean, a Newport Beach-based ocean literacy center, hosted a press event commemorating the opening of its latest exhibit, "Inspire, Educate, Explore." The 11 12-by-6-foot cases, displaying navigation artifacts and ship models in bottles, can be viewed by visitors in the walkway between the ticketing lobbies of terminals B and C until Nov. 15.
The maritime installation spotlights the organization's offshoots, the Ocean Literacy Center, Adventure Outpost and Balboa Fun Zone. Helping to usher it in Monday were Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry, airport director Alan Murphy, ExplorOcean Chief Executive Tom Pollack, and Gary Sherwin, president and CEO of Newport Beach and Company.
"When we built Terminal C, which we built just about two years ago, we built this space in here to highlight areas in Orange County," Murphy said. "This is the next step in what we hope will be an ongoing opportunity for venues to really promote the great arts and culture we have here."