Once you land in JFK, you know you're in New York. Sadly this is not because the terminal is filled with expressive designs celebrating Gotham; rather, you know because it's filthy, illegal cabdrivers are beckoning to you from across the street, and the legal hacks are occasionally getting out of the stopped cars to scream at each other face to face.
Indian design firm Incubis Consultants, tasked with designing the interior of Indira Gandhi International Airport, came up with a much more pleasant installation that would remind you where you were. Called "Expressive India," the design is comprised of enormous cast-resin hands performing mudras, the hand gestures from classical Indian dance forms.
As Amit Gulati, head of Incubis, told the Wall Street Journal:
All airports have very similar design vocabulary. They are actually machines. They tend to evolve in a similar glass and metallic fashion. Very early on they were keen to give the terminal an Indian context and infuse it with Indian values. The basic positioning we created for the terminal was "Expressive India." All classical Indian dance forms use mudras [hand gestures]. It's a common vocabulary.
Read the full interview, and more on how the hands were made, here.