Artists have used abandoned aircraft from the US Air Force to create works of art from the “eccentric shapes” from the metal.
Later this month (January 28) until May 31 you can see what the artists have created at the Pima Air and Space Museum in the Round Trip: Art From The Boneyard Project exhibition.
many of the artists have used nose art, made popular during the Second World War, and one graffiti artist, Nunca, has brought an abandoned DC-3 to life with a striking picture of an eagle.
The first part of the Boneyard Project, Nose Job, made its debut last summer of 2011 with an
exhibition of nose cones taken from military aircraft and given to artists to use “canvases” at Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton, Long Island.
In a release about the upcoming exhibition, it says that “Nose Job enjoyed critical success as the work tapped into both the broader cultural resonance of this history, and the very personal ways one relates to such a narrative.
“Some artists investigated the streamlined symmetry of the forms themselves, producing
eloquent, elegant and even whimsical hybrids of sculpture and painting.
“Other artists addressed the positive and negative associations we each carry towards the difficult history of war, and many spoke more directly to their own individual relationships to this material including memories of parents who were air force or civilian pilots.”
The second installment in the series: Round Trip: Selections from The Boneyard Project, will
include selections from the previous Nose Job exhibition along with more than a dozen cones
interpreted by artists new to this project. It will feature five monumental works created on
military aircraft by a dynamic selection of popular graffiti and street artists from around the world.
More than 30 artists took part in Round Trip using a number of disuased aircraft including DC-3, a C97 cockpit, a C45, and a Lockheed VC 140 Jetstar.