London 2012: British Airways Olympics dove plane unveiled

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Airlines, Gatwick, Heathrow
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well, actually, it’s a plane painted to look like a bird.

t took a 10-strong team 950 man hours to paint the A319 - which carries 132 passengers and is one of the smaller passenger planes in BA's fleet

t took a 10-strong team 950 man hours to paint the A319 - which carries 132 passengers and is one of the smaller passenger planes in BA's fleet

British Airways has repainted the first of nine A319s with a dove design to mark the London 2012 Olympics.

The artwork by Brighton-based designer Pascal Anson will be seen for the first time on BA’s 1420 Heathrow to Copenhagen flight on Tuesday. The design is the result of a contest, run by the company with the aim of promoting British talent in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Turner prize-nominated artist Tracey Emin was on the judging panel which picked Mr Anson’s design from hundreds of entries last July, and she has mentored the Kingston University design tutor throughout the project. Inspired by planes he saw flying in and out of Gatwick during his commute, Anson said that as a three-dimensional designer, he wanted to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary, while playing with people’s perceptions of flying objects.

“I wanted to do something that would make people stop and think differently about what they were looking at,” he told the BBC.

“I’ve often looked up at aircraft landing and wondered if it’s a bird or a plane, and the idea developed from there.”

He chose the dove because as well as being a symbol of peace and social unity, it was used in ancient Olympics as a messenger to send Games reports to outlying villages, and the bird also played a role in Olympics ceremonies such as that at the last London Games in 1948…….

Full story here at BBC News


By Michael Hirst
BBC 2012


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