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A familiar flock returns to GSP

GREER, S.C.—The geese are flying back to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) after a six-year hiatus.

These prominent sculptures, simply known as “The Geese,” to regular travelers through GSP were removed during the airport’s terminal renovation between 2012 and 2017. They’ve been missed by many passengers and visitors. 

“If people are not asking me about particular airlines coming to GSP or suggesting a new nonstop flight, they’re routinely asking when the geese will return,” said Dave Edwards, GSP’s president and CEO. “People really appreciate them and we are excited to bring them back for the enjoyment of our passengers and the community.”

The nine steel and stainless steel snow geese were installed in 1996. Montana-based sculptor Jim Dolan was commissioned to create the pieces by the late Roger Milliken, longtime chairman of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission. Milliken saw sculptures of Canadian geese at the airport in Bozeman, Mont., and asked his landscape architect, who was from the area, to get him in touch with the artist.

When talking to Milliken, Dolan suggested that he sculpt snow geese in an effort to give GSP its own unique artwork. Dolan said he can relate to passengers inquiring about the geese.

“When you come home it’s the first thing that greets you,” said Dolan, who has been commissioned for sculptures across the United States and Japan. “You know you’re home.”

Each goose weighs between 35 and 40 pounds. Four geese will hang above the popular “Boy Aviator” statue in the terminal lobby and five will “fly” toward them from above the restaurants located in the baggage claim lobby. “Boy Aviator” is currently down for one of GSP’s annual poinsettia trees during the holidays.

About Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is conveniently located between Greenville and Spartanburg, along I-85. More than 2.2 million passengers per year are served by six major airlines offering 100 total daily flights to 19 destinations and one-stop connections to hundreds of cities across the globe. The airport is also a hub for air cargo, including automotive parts and other goods regularly flown to and from Europe and Mexico as well as throughout the United States. Learn more at gspairport.com.