Plane art

I have to admit that I love planes.  I just think they are very attractive pieces of machinery, and I marvel at the way that great sculptured pieces of metal weighing hundreds of tonnes can stay in the sky, and they way that planes have allowed humans to travel to every corner of the earth.

Now, planes are being used as art pieces, so when I read Janice Wood’s article on turning a Piaggio plane into a piece of art to be displayed in Milan in General Aviation News, I just had to reprint it here:

A Piaggio P.180 Avanti II aircraft has been turned into a work of art called “Cacciatore di Stelle by Mimmo Paladino and displayed at Galleria in Milan, Italy.

This is the first time an aircraft has been painted by a contemporary artist, according to company officials, who note Paladino was inspired to create this work of art from the Piaggio P.180 Avanti II because of its unique, unmistakable design.

The P.180 Avanti II “Cacciatore di Stelle” (Star Hunter) will be displayed at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan until April 28.

The metamorphosis of the P.180 Avanti into” Cacciatore di Stelle” recalls both the past and the future, through its decoration with ancestral symbols and possible new ways of communicating: constellations of signs, encompass geometrical spaces to create a celestial map.

The “Cacciatore di Stelle” is part of the anthological and personal exhibition of the artist Mimmo Paladino hosted by the Palazzo Reale (including more than 50 artworks from the 70′s to the present day), which will be enhanced by the renowned “Montagna di Sale” that will be placed in the Piazza Reale.

“We are very proud that Master Mimmo Paladino has now been inspired by a Piaggio Aero P.180 aircraft and that he would turn it into a unique work of art,” said Alberto Galassi, CEO of Piaggio Aero Industries. “The P.180 Avanti has been chosen because it can be considered a work of art itself, as an expression of Italian genius in design and engineering, that’s why this creation is an unprecedented event.”

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