WWII Aircraft as Canvas: The Boneyard Projects

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The Boneyard Project

The Boneyard Project

Some say let sleeping giants lie, others say let’s paint those giants and make them look amazing. Conceived in Spring 2010 by Eric Firestone, The Boneyard Projects take retired WWII aircraft, long ago laid to rest in the Arizona desert, and puts them in the hands of more than 30 prominent artists, who’ve resurrected their greatness by skinning them with original art. Pictured above, Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca breathes new life into an abandoned DC3. From the press release, “With a nod to the airplane graffiti and ‘nose art’ that became popular during WWII, the project offers a vision of the wonder by which humanity takes to the air.” Art from The Boneyard Projects is on display now through the end of May at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz.

The Boneyard Project

The Boneyard Project

The Boneyard Project

8 thoughts on “WWII Aircraft as Canvas: The Boneyard Projects

  1. Andy in Tucson says:

    It’s spelled “Tucson.”

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      Thanks Andy — fixed! Have you checked the show out since it’s in your town?

  2. Greg says:

    I was just down there, and took a tour of the Pima Air and Space Museum, and the airplanes looked great! The tour guide wasn’t so sure about them, but I thought they were interesting.

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      Rad, Greg! Thanks for sharing.

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