Credit: Photos by Jason Wawro, Andrew Brown, and Eric Kroll for Eric Firestone Gallery.
The Boneyard Project
Coming from a family with an aviation connection (my dad is a pilot), I’ve always wanted to visit an aircraft boneyard. Boneyards are where airplanes go to retire—most often in dry, deserted desert locations to avoid corrosion. There are boneyards in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Texas. I’ve only heard about these places from my parents’ observations. To give you an idea, here’s a picture from Google Earth of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s boneyard:
Well, today on NEA’s Art Works blog is a feature with Eric Firestone who organized The Boneyard Project. The project invited more than 30 artists to repurpose airplanes as works of art. Firestone says in the interview:
I think we all have some type of connection with flight … Some people might look at the planes for the designs, some might look at them for the history of the military, some might be looking at them just for the art, some might be looking at it knowing that this project can make an impression on a whole new generation of thought-makers because it allows the imagination to realize that anything’s possible.
What a project! It all came together for an exhibition (January 28 - July 31, 2012) at the Pima Air & Space Museum’s hangar in Tucson, AZ. To learn more, don’t forget to read the interview.