Joining Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture and Pernilla & Asif’s jagged red and white Coca-Cola Beatbox, for London’s Olympic Games, are nine golden dove-emblazoned British Airways planes transformed by up and coming designer, Pascal Anson.
The project is part of the British Airways Great Britons programme in which three emerging British talents are guided by mentors, artist Tracey Emin, chef Heston Blumenthal and actor and screenwriter Richard E Grant to create an Olympic inspired aircraft design, menu and short film.
‘The first time I saw Pascal’s design it made me smile,’ says Turner-Prize nominee Emin, who worked with Pascal for a year on the design. ‘The plane is universal. Everyone will understand it. I will constantly be looking up every time I hear a plane fly over – you never know, maybe I will turn into a plane spotter!’
A recognisable symbol of peace, the golden dove design – which uses a shade of paint that took four months to create - adopts the cockpit as the beak, fuselage and wings as the main body and tailfin as the tail.
Inspired by aircrafts that often look like birds in flight, Brighton-based Pascal explains, ‘The Dove signifies a positive message wherever you go in the world. I also hope it makes people stop, think and look twice.’ Adorned across nine planes, the aircraft will be in operation over the next year on routes to and from Europe. 'I hope passengers flying into London from the Games will be very excited to be on this celebratory aircraft,' says Pascal.
Also a lecturer at Kingston University, Pascal’s work has previously been showcased at the Design Museum and British Council. His aircraft designs were launched along with a menu created by Michelin-starred chef Simon Hulstone (of The Elephant in Torquay) and a short film titled ‘BOY’ which was written and directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah.