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Flying Colors

Friday, March 30th, 2012

By John Dugan

For a guy who collected big hardbound books on military aircraft as a kid, something like The Boneyard Project hits a whole different note of aesthetic interest. Though my plane recognition isn't as sharp as it once was, I can still recognize some of the makes and models in The Boneyard Project, which resurrects disused airplanes from America’s military history as canvases for contemporary artists to go nuts upon. Aeronautic old planes fields are called “boneyards,” and Eric Firestone and curator Carlo McCormick have put them in the hands of a group of innovative artists for the second chapter in their project. Part one of Boneyard ProjectNose Job, debuted in the summer of 2011 at Eric Firestone Gallery in Long Island. This year, Round Trip: Selections from The Boneyard Project includes selections from Nose Job, plus new noses cones and five massive works on military plans by big name street and graffiti artists. The DC Super 3 planes painted by graffiti artists How & Nosm, Nunca, and Retna. There's a C97 cockpit by Saner and a C45 plane by Faile, as well as a Lockheed VC 140 Jetstar by Andrew Schoultz. No, they won't fly again, but they're going out in a vibrant blaze of glory.

Round Trip is open to the public from January 28 through the end of May 2012 at the Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson. Further details may be found at

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