We appreciate all forms of art here at YVR, as evidenced by our vast collection of incredible work created by local First Nations artists. Here is a shortlist of aviation-inspired art that deserves a closer look.
1. Cy Kuckenbacker
Cy Kuckenbacker is a photographer, filmmaker and professor who has created some incredible images and videos of planes arriving and departing at San Diego International Airport using timelapse. His work in aviation art is visually stunning, and Virgin Air can be counted amongst his clients, but Kuckenbacker also makes award-winning documentaries. The video below has received more than four million views online.
SkyArt is a company that makes inventive furniture items out of discarded pieces of aircraft. My favourite is an old aircraft window that has been converted into a frame, but this recycled cowling / receptionist desk is also amazing.
3. Boneyard Project
The Boneyard Project sees old defunct military aircraft become canvasses for some incredible works of art by a number of talented artists. Using derelict aircraft, artists use inspiration from vintage planes and modern culture to create massive pieces of aviation art that are as appealing as they are unique. The collection is now housed at Pima Air & Space Museum in Tuscon, Arizona.
4. NOMO Design
NOMO Designs creates poster-sized prints of runway patterns from major airports from around the world. The have recently created a YVR runway print and offer t-shirts from major airports in the U.S. These simple graphic prints are a stylish way to rep your hometown airport and make great gifts for the aviation geek in your life.
5. Touch 'n Go Aviation Photography
The web is jammed with incredible aircraft photos taken by amateur and professional alike. Case in point: our Canada from the Air photo gallery features some very impressive images. But earlier this week, people responded by the dozen when we posted this photo of a 747 emerging from a fog bank at SFO, taken by Alex Esguerra from Touch n' Go Aviation Photography. Check out his other extraordinary shots on his website.