Saturday, May 28, 2016

Artistic Remembrance

When Rick and I go to Tucson we have several things we like to do but we try to add something new to each visit. This time we went to Pima Air and Space Museum. It is the largest non-government  aerospace museum. It did not occur to us until we were walking around that it was a timely place to be to honor those in our memories for Memorial Day.

There was a special exhibit of old forgotten planes. Those planes that had gone to the boneyard in the desert. A place planes are left to the elements of the desert heat. The Boneyard Project was started by Eric Firestone. The first debut was "Nose Jobs" the nose cone of planes were painted by artist and went on display the summer of 2011.

Nose cone art is not new. Fighter planes were decorated with words and pictures. These images were ways of identifying friendly fliers. The paintings became personal to the crews, the lovely ladies that often adored the nose cones were memories of home, life, happiness and future.

The Boneyard Project moved from nose cones to the whole plane. These included DC 3, C 97 and C 45 planes. Artists came to honor these fallen planes, giving them a new life and keeping memories alive. Three  painted planes are on exhibit at the Pima Air and Space Museum. On another trip we will go to the actual boneyard for airplanes. Tomorrow, a conversation from a survivor of the 390th.

To find out more about The Boneyard Project or Pima Art and Space Museum here are the links:

The Boneyard Projects

The Boneyard Projects at Pima Art and Space Museum

Detail The Boneyard Projects

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