Burrill Lands Plane At Priestman Goode
Illustrator and designer Anthony Burrill created this life-size painting of a plane for the offices of design studio Priestman Goode. The two, who have collaborated before, say they have a mutual interest in simple design and technology, both of them producing work which is pared down and pure in its aesthetic, so Burrill seemed a natural choice when Priestman decided to brighten up his studio wall.
"Priestman Goode design aeroplane interiors, amongst lots of other things, so it was a good subject for their office," says Burrill.
"I worked with scale drawings of the building to develop the design, he continues. "When it came to putting the drawing onto the wall we drew a huge grid (with the aid of a very tall scaffolding tower) and plotted out the drawing by hand using the grid as reference. Then it was all hand painted. It took ages!"
The entire process was filmed and edited down to a minute, you can watch it here:
Life-size? I dread to think about the legroom...
Planes were emblems of communication, exploration, and discovery. The wonder of flight was captured and the future was a busied technological leap away. After the world trade center attacks, such imagery was doomed to be forever linked to that horrific instance.
Although we could apply a 9-11 hauntings to this work (this 'plane' is on a collision course with us) the "pared down and pure aesthetic" allows a much more positive idea to flourish. indeed, Anthony Burrill's imagery suggests a way through that apparent impossible impasse-a retrieval and reconnection of enlightenment ideals. But we should not get confused, this return isn't a retreat into an idealised past, as pursued by the despicable hegemonic orders of our day. This is a quiet, dignified, salvaging operation, one that retains what was left intact and begins to build anew, the possibility of forging a civil society.
should made the floor a run-a-way for the plane.
Very nice. Although I'd be interested to know if this rather imposing, confrontational image creates any added anxiety among employees, clients, aviophobic delivery people.
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I suppose that settles it.
Nice one Anthony!
Great when work inspires debate... Pleased to see a unique and varied environment for people to work in. Lovely that it was hand painted as well. Keep it up A.B
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