Graffiti painted world war II military planes


‘untitled’ by nunca, 2011,
spray paint on dc3 aircraft

all images © eric firesone 

the boneyard project: return trip
pima air and space museum, tucson, arizona, USA
january 28th, 2012 until may 31st, 2012

the pima air + space museum (PIMA) is hosting ‘art from the boneyard’, a project curated by eric firestone, carlo mccormick,
leslie oliver and med sobio featuring several non-functioning WWII american military airplanes covered in the painted work
of contemporary artists. in ‘art from the boneyard: return trip’, how & nosm, retna, andrew shoultz, faile, and nunca, among
other creatives, journeyed to a ‘bone yard’, a large resting space for planes in disuse, in order to complete the five massive
mural paintings on the bodies of retired aircrafts.

the tradition of using the massive surface of a plane as a canvas has been a tradition in the united states air force for generations.
‘nose art’ became a popular form of graffiti painting in the WWII era as soldiers decorated the fronts of the planes which would
carry them into battle. ‘the boneyard project: return trip’ is the second installation of the series in which the artists created
a semi-sculptural, painted expression of his/her associations with the history of air travel and warfare.


detailed view of ‘untitled’ by nunca


alternate view of ‘untitled’ by nunca


‘warning shot’ by retna, 2011,
ink and spray paint on dc3 aircraft


‘warning shot’ by retna


detailed view of ‘warning shot’ nose by retna


bast’s work in progress


‘naughty angels’ by faile, 2012
acrylic on c45 aircraft


additional view of ‘naughty angels’ by faile


‘flying tiger’ by andrew schoultz, 2012
acrylic on aircraft


andrew schoultz work in progress


‘flying tiger’ by andrew schoultz, 2012
acrylic on aircraft


‘time flies by’ by how and nosm, 2011
spray paint on dc3 aircraft


additional view of ‘time flies’ by how and nosm

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