Adain Avion is a mobile art space created from the fuselage of a DC-9 airplane, discovered and transformed by Spanish sculptor and designer Eduardo Cajal. His idea was to recycle the fuselage, creating a vehicle for cultural and artistic exchange, re-inventing the object as a space for contemporary creative action and communication.
As part of the London 2012 Cultural Art Festival pieces of art were specially commissioned for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales with a total cost of £5.4 million available for all the successful projects.
In 2009 Marc Rees was selected to represent Wales in the UK-wide project “Artists Taking the Lead” as part of the Olympiad Cultural Festival.
His winning proposal was to bring Avion from it’s home in Huesca, northern Spain to travel around Wales, whilst the London 2012 Olympics took place across the whole of Great Britain.
Marc has been curating the visit of Adain Avion (Wing Flight) to Wales and explains more:-
“There were twelve flagship projects called ‘artists taking the lead’ – eight in England and one in each region,
The idea was for 12 public art commissions – creative ideas which would use the nation as a blank canvas.
There is an eclectic mix of things taking place which reflects the communities we’ll be visiting, and I hope people will want to come to these free events.”
This 1960’s DC-9 had previously crashed in 1992 (luckily with no fatalities) and was then later discovered in a scrapyard before Marc helped celebrate the airplane’s twentieth anniversary by bringing the craft to Wales and touring during the Summer months.
The craft began it’s tour at Swansea in June and stayed for a week, before visiting Ebbw Vale, Llandudno, the National Eisteddfod at Llandow and ending it’s journey at St Fagan’s History Museum in Cardiff.
On Sunday 12th August, 2012 it arrived at St Fagans gracefully sitting in the carpark amongst all the other vehicles whilst a stream of people steadily climbed onboard to discover what was inside!
And so it was time to venture up the metallic steps, holding tightly to unearth what this vessel had to offer. People of all ages jumped on board to experience the eerie interior and watch the monitors beneath our feet.
I was quite interested in the mechanics of the vessel and it was interesting to see a full air-conditioning system being de-ployed – monitoring temperature and then pumping cooled air around the craft to ensure the 24oC desired temperature was maintained!
Cables were cunningly hidden beneath metal baffles but added to the overall organic feel to the airplane. A soundtrack was pumped out on Bose speakers and gave a rich cultural insight into the adventures of Adain Avion so far.
Before Adain Avion completed it’s tour of Wales and departed St Fagans – it deposited a ‘black box’ of recordings, which will be stored in the museum archives for future generations to enjoy.
Onwards and upwards….who knows where the craft will venture to next…….?
The full set of photos can be viewed by pressing play on the slideshow below or visiting the link below:-