Morgans Hotel Group used the sky as a canvas during Art Basel Miami Beach, emblazoning it with statements contributed by leading artists. Pictured is a declaration by Gary Simmons. Photography: Carolyn Tate Angel
The 15 word banners were towed across the sky by planes organised by aerial advertising specialists Van Wagner. Photography: Carolyn Tate Angel
The process of attaching the banners to the plane is an aeronautic feat. Watch Sol LeWitt's words take to the air. Photography: Bibi Cornejo Borthwick
A pithy statement from Mel Bochner above the Miami Design District. Photography: Carolyn Tate Angel
Richard Prince's banner get its turn in the sky. Photography: Bibi Cornejo Borthwick
Prince's rib-tickling offering stretched out across the sky. Photography: Carolyn Tate Angel
Wise words from Alexis Smith. Photography: Carolyn Tate Angel
Martin Creed's banner, laid out on the airstrip. Photography: Carolyn Tate Angel
Lawrence Weiner's airborne offering. Photography: Carolyn Tate Angel
Lisa Anne Auerbach's banner. Photography: Carolyn Tate Angel
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December's Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach fairs are much favoured by daylight-deprived New Yorkers and North Europeans glad of an excuse to escape their winter gloom and enjoy some clear blue sky. Smart then of Morgans Hotel Group, operator of local hotspots Delano, Mondrian South Beach and Shore Club, to take to the air and put their contribution to the five-day creative circus where everyone could see it.
Devised by the hotel group's 'cultural ambassador' Adam Shopkorn, Plane Text - which has scooped a Wallpaper* Design Award for 'Best High Art' - was an aerial exhibition of word banners from 15 of the world's highest profile artists. Ed Ruscha, Richard Prince and the estate of Sol LeWitt, among others, each contributed a phrase that was then flown across the Miami skyline.
From the personal, Gary Simmons' 'I Wish It Could Be Morning All Day Long'; to the provocative, Jack Pierson's 'We're Rich We Can Do What We Want'; to the rib-tickling, Richard Prince's 'My Brother Just Married A Two-Headed Lady. Is She Pretty You Ask? Well, Yes And No', the phrases were towed by planes organised by aerial advertising specialists Van Wagner over visitor-heavy areas, such as the Miami Design District, the Miami Convention Center home of both fairs, and along South Beach coast, to the delight of pedestrians, tourists and art lovers alike.