Thursday, August 09, 2012
Alexander Calder planes
I learned that artist Alexander Calder had designed paintings to be placed on jets of Braniff International Airways in the early 70's on my recent visit to the Dallas Museum of Art. He designed the plane as a "flying canvas" and finished two before his death with a third in progress.
The airline name or logo didn't appear on the plane, only the artists signature and his design. The airline chairman called it a "happy combination of international travel, business, and the arts" and that it "would allow millions of people to see an original Calder". It's sad to see this type of thing is no longer embraced by corporations.