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December 3, 2008


SANTA ANA, Calif. - THE LAST HURRAH: Photo-documentation of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, is a new exhibit being featured in John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Vi Smith Concourse Gallery. The exhibit features photographs taken over a period of six years and is on display through January 15, 2009. Open only to the traveling public, the exhibit can be viewed in the display cases across from gates 1 through 4 and 11 through 14 in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

"We are pleased to feature this exhibit as part of the Airport Arts Program," said Airport Director Alan Murphy. "This unique exhibit has never before been shown in Orange County, and we are excited to be able to share this historical display of photos this with our passengers."

An example of one of the featured pieces of art in the exhibit is attached:

HOOPS-1" using Ultrachrome Print on Paper by Rob Johnson

"HOOPS-1” using Ultrachrome Print on Paper by Rob Johnson

The exhibit features photographs that resulted from the long-term collaborative efforts of the members of a non-profit 501(c)3: The Legacy Project. The six artists - Jerry Burchfield, Mark Chamberlain, Jacques Garnier, Rob Johnson, Douglas McCulloh, and Clayton Spada - have been developing their artworks of the 4,700-acre Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Southern California since it was decommissioned. Granted extraordinary access to the sprawling military base, these photographs have shaped a project of rare scope and significance. To date, the group has made some 100,000 images, an art-historical document on a scale seldom seen.

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John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange, and served nearly ten million passengers in 2007.