Pima Air & Space Museum Launches Boneyard Art Exhibit

Boneyards – the graveyards of worn out airplanes – are generally depressing collections of airplanes whose useful life has come and gone. But art aficionado and gallery owner Eric Firestone saw these airplanes as an opportunity to create something beautiful. Along with curator Carlo McCormick, Firestone conceived The Boneyard Project, which put retired historical airplanes into the hands of artists who turned them into pieces of art. Next week, the Pima Air & Space Museum will feature Round Trip: Art From The Boneyard Project – the second exhibit in the series.

The exhibit features several pieces from the more than 30 artists who participated in the project, much of it graffiti art. Entire airplanes such as the Douglas DC-3, Boeing C-97 and Lockheed Jetstar are featured in the exhibit, as well as several pieces of nose art from The Boneyard Project's first exhibit Nose Job – a collection of nose cones from military airplanes, which was featured in the Eric Firestone Gallery in New York last summer.

Round Trip: Art From The Boneyard Project will be on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum from January 28 through the end of May.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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