Marie Antoinettes Helicopter

Ein vergoldeter Bell 47 Helicopter mit pinken Straußenfedern, Swarovski-Kristallen und Verkleidung aus Wallnuss-Holz von Joana Vasconcelos. Ich halte die von der Künstlerin intendierte Botschaft für ziemlich lustigen, prätentiösen Bullshit, aber was weiß ich schon, das Teil wurde immerhin im Schloss Versailles ausgestellt, also muss ja was dran sein.

A gilded helicopter decorated with thousands of rhinestones, has the outer surface of its cockpit lined with an extravagant and colourful coat of ostrich feathers. At the front of the cabin, a featherless mouth-like gap reveals its sumptuous interior, exhibiting intricate woodworks, gildings and embroidered upholstery featuring Marie Antoinette's initials. Lilicoptère draws on the rich, glamorous and bold aesthetics of the royalty of the late Ancien Régime in order to suggest a metamorphosis from machine to animal; a return to the origin and to the inspiration that motivated the realization of man's dream of flying.

Lilicoptère, 2012 (via Laughing Squid)