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It's Art: Gymnastics Routines Using Business Class Airplane Seats

March 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM | by | ()

No, this isn't a story on the Olympics, but we could see how you could think that.

Art comes in many forms and is often described as subjective. A current performance exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art is no exception. This time it has caught the attention of aviation enthusiasts by blending the architecturally fluid lines of business class seats with the sheer strength and flexibility of gymnastics.

The IMA is currently exhibiting Allora & Cazadilla. The visual artist duo of American born, Jennifer Allora, and Cuban born, Guillermo Calzadilla are part of the museum's Venice Biennale. While the pair have a number of commissions at the gallery, the most intriguing for our arena would be the Body In Flight Series.

The series consists of 2 super-bendy performances of a male gymnast and a female gymnast, both from USA Gymnastics, performing on wooden replicas of business class seats. The male gymnast performs on the American Airlines seat and the female gets the Delta model. The replicas of the seats are very realistic, (though not the current cabin offering) and act as a supporting role for each of the athletes. The American seat acts as a pommel horse for the guys, while the Delta seat loosely approximates the balance beam.

The exhibit opened up to the public earlier this month and will run through April 22. If you are planning a trip to Indy soon, this is a show to see for the airline geek in all of us. Our recommendation is to merely watch the show and don't try it on your next flight. We won't guarantee the flight attendants will enjoy your performance, no matter your level of flexibility.

If you want to see videos of the airline seats performances, go here for AA and here for Delta.

[Photo: Indianapolis Museum of Art]

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