The creative ambitions of a pragmatic and efficient terminal design to be built in less than nine months relied upon its artwork commissions. The architects assumed a 1% for the artworks which alas was marginalized by the decision-makers, in this case, the construction company. The cultural nuances of the Prayagraj could only be symbolically referenced within the building.
Julien Segard, a French artist working in India for almost a decade at the time of the design of the airport terminal, designed a series of sculptures across the terminal and the surrounding landscape. These installations would serve as 'fossils'--an artifact from the past that one perceives in the future.