A PARADISE BIRD IN NEW YORK CITY

Shortly after the 9/11 Twin Towers attack in 2001 the well-known Dutch artist Frank Borst created an airplane by his own hand, also he painted a large canvas to commemorate the victims of this tragedy.
Frank was inspired by a vision of the plane’s passengers and asking him to make a memorial for the loved ones they had left behind.
In his vision they showed him the hundreds hands lifting the airplane “Paradise Bird”  up to the sky and asked him where he wanted to place their monument.
He told them: “Everywhere!
Then they asked him: “Where do you want to locate it specifically?”
Frank answered: “Any place in Manhatten New York City!”.

At the heart of this airship ( it’s size 26 x 20 feet ) Frank constructed a kaleidoscope of pinball-machines with their amazing lay-outs and colorful lightning. Numerous blinking bulbs seem to symbolize a color ring of fire.
The result is dazzling, a remarkable Pop Art interior. This experience feels so that it is as if the elementary parts the artist choose for his creation were easy available and close at hand. The contrary is true, they were carefully found and selected by him.

Terror-acts like 9/11, the pollution of our environment, past wars as in Bosnia, even much more is present in his choice of subject.

Frank Borst Airplane Leiden

Size: Length 6m x Width 8m x Height 1.80cm

Henk Bouwman Fotografie

AIRPLANE FRANK BORST LEIDEN

Size: Length 6m x Width 8m x Height 1.80cm

 MY PARADISE BIRD AT THE AMSTERDAM MAKERS FESTIVAL IN 2013