‘The Boneyard project’ is an art project based in the beautiful Arizonian desert, and although been described as a cemetery for disused war planes they have been resurrected and brought back to life by amazing graffiti/urban artists. More than 30 of the world’s best were brought in to add colour and paint to the war planes and add their own unique twist.
The idea and father of the project, Eric Firestone says, ‘The first part of ‘the Boneyard Project’, ‘Nose Job’, made its debut in the summer of 2011 with an exhibition of nose cones taken from military aeroplanes and given to artists to use as eccentric- shaped “canvases”. ‘The second instalment in this series: Round Trip: Selections from ‘The Boneyard Project’, features five monumental works created on military planes by a dynamic selection of popular graffiti and street artists from around the world.’
The project is said to be a tribute to American and European folk art developed after World War I and II and has become a modern take on pop culture today.
Amongst the world class artists were: Lady Aiko (from the Faile collective, recently exhibited by Larry Gagosian), Bast, Crash, Daze , Tristan Eaton, El Mac, Ron English, Shepard Fairey – Obey, Futura, Erik Foss, Tara Mcpherson, Mark Kostabi, Sea, Eric White, Richard Prince, Lee Quinones, Judy Supine, Kenny Scharf (to name a few) .
The photography used is vivid, exciting and shows off perfectly the impact of ‘the Bonyard project’ with some of the planes decorated in immensely detailed doodles and drawings, the amount of time and effort is evident.
The project is not only different and inspiring but an amazing breath taking experience and defiantly not one to be missed, If you would like to catch a glimpse of ‘The Boneyard project’ it is on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson until mid-May.
A total once in a life time event.