'The Boneyard Project': Airplanes as Art in the Arizona Desert
Okay, good news and bad news. Good news first: earlier this year, a group of artists banded together to rescue some abandoned airplanes from the infamous boneyards of the Arizona desert, repaint them in dazzling schemes, and display them as artpieces within something called "The Boneyard Project" at the Pima Air & Space Museum. Yes, it looks super awesome and yes, it was open to the public, but therein lies the bad news: "was."
You see, The Boneyard Project happened over a weekend in January of this year. It's over. We've only just come to find out about it as some design blogs circulated resulting photographs of the exhibition. Apparently the event was publicized mostly through the street art community as pieces included DC-3s painted by How & Nosm, Nunca, and Retna; a Boeing C-97 by Saner; a C45 plane by Faile; a Lockheed VC-140 Jetstar by Andrew Schoultz; and an assortment of nose cones, cockpits, and other pieces painted by Bast, Dan Colen, Trustocorp, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Richard Prince and Eric White.
But wait! There's a little more good news...
Though the Richard Prince-painted nose cone and the jazzed-up DC-3s have gone who knows where, the Pima Air & Space Museum actually operates tours of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the "Boneyard," located adjacent Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Monday through Friday at the museum, the public can pay an extra $7 on top the $13.75 museum entrance fee to take a tour into the Boneyard and, perhaps, maybe even see those painted planes returned to their old parking spots. View hours, location and more pricing on the official site.
THE BONEYARD PROJECT: RETURN FLIGHT from Jason Wawro on Vimeo.
[Photo: Eric Firestone Gallery & video: Jason Wawro}