Redesigning Old Military Airplanes

I used to see air shows with my dad as a kid and loved walking through the planes, seeing all the controls, and meeting the enthusiasts. Even recently I visited the Air & Space museum in San Diego with my uncle and brother, and ate up the stories my uncle had about when he flew Tomcats, trying my best to take in all the information he knew about the different aircrafts we encountered. So when I saw the planes below, I automatically did what I call the “cool!!” take (neck swings forward, chin goes out and up, lips pursed into “o” shape, dragging out the oooool sound…), and googled how long it would take me to get to the Pima Airport in Arizona. (About 9 hours.) A nice weekend road trip may be in store….)

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In Spring 2010, the idea of The Boneyard Project was first devised by Eric Firestone and organized by curator Carlo McCormick. What the project entailed was the revival of “nose art” which was popularized during the World War II era. It involves reinterpreting the body of an aircraft – a sort of airplane graffiti. Firestone’s concept has since evolved into a larger goal in which various international contemporary artists are set to redesign the entirety of old, out-of-use military planes.

The term “bone yard” refers to the remote, desolate parking stations for these behemoth, inactive vessels in the dessert. The first installment of this expanding series, called The Boneyard Project: Nose Job, was comprised of works from over a dozen artists. This current “part 2” of the project is titled The Boneyard Project: Return Trip and features more than 30 artists. The exhibit will be at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona from January 28 until May 31, 2012.

Images via The Flop Box
Pima Art & Space Museum’s website
via [Juxtapoz]


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