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New airport art exhibit

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - When you catch a flight from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, a new art exhibit will catch your eye after you pass through security.

Wood sculptor Marlin Miller put the finishing touches on a display featuring some tree carvings along Highway 90.

Miller volunteered his talent to turn once majestic trees killed by Katrina's storm surge into amazing works of art. The display is part of the "Airport Art Program."

Airport leaders wanted to showcase Miller's art that's meant so much to South Mississippians. The tree sculptures mean a lot to Miller, too.

"This is really the first place we've been where we're able to put this work out where people in the national and international community can come through and see it," sculptor Marlin Miller said. "This is a chance for them on their hour wait to learn about the project and read about some of the stories that we have here and learn more about the Mississippi Gulf Coast down here."

"He has done so much to highlight the revival and recovery of the coast since the storm and nothing shows our resilience better than his work," said Airport Commissioner Frank Genzer.

Genzer said he hopes someday to have a permanent display of Miller's work at the airport. This temporary exhibit will be on display at the airport for one year.

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