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Reflections in a Safety Belt: In Flight Portraits from the Perspective of a Seat Belt Buckle

Friday 10.25.2013 , Posted by

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When flying in an airplane, most people spend the duration of their flight thinking about the destination where they’re headed or the one they just left. Some scurry to get work done while others relax with a book; some try to sleep with their cozy neck pillow, but Nina Katchadourian turns her flights into an art project called Seat Assignment! You may have seen her Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Fleming Style floating around the web, and now we bring you reflection portraits taken from a seat belt buckle. According to Katchadourian, “Seat Assignment is born from an investment in thinking on your feet, from optimism about the artistic potential that lurks within the mundane, and from curiosity about the productive tension between freedom and constraint.” [Read more...]

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Forget Flying Cars, Here’s a Flying Bicycle!

Thursday 07.18.2013 , Posted by

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Imagine this: you walk out to your garage after your morning coffee, hop on your bicycle, ride down to the nearby field, and then fly to the beach. Wait… fly?!

That’s the idea behind this wild Kickstarter project called Paravelo. They’ve connected a modified folding bicycle to a powered parachute assembly, creating a hybrid bicycle-trailer-flying machine. It’s an affordable way to get in the air, and to the airfield. [Read more...]

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Art on Abandoned Airplanes in America

Thursday 02.07.2013 , Posted by

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Deep in the deserts of Arizona lay hundreds if not thousands of abandoned aircraft. Used for military and civilian purposes in a bygone era, these pieces of American history were just gathering dust, literally. Eric Firestone, an art dealer from Tucson, had the idea of painting on the planes and with further help from curator Carlo McCormick in the spring of 2010, the project began. Over 10 artists were contacted to participate and the first installment was completed and titled “The Boneyard Project: Nose Job.” [Read more...]

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