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Braniff  Flying Colors DC-8

Braniff Flying Colors DC-8

  • ca 1973
  • Calder
  • 23 x 15 inches ~ (58 x 38 cm)
  • Unbacked

    This poster is currently unbacked. At check out, you will be given the opportunity to add backing which would cost $65 and take approximately 6-8 weeks.

    Linen backing is the industry standard of conservation. Canvas is stretchered and a sheet of acid free barrier paper is laid down. The poster is then pasted to the acid free paper using an acid free paste. This process is fully reversible and gives support to the poster. A border of linen is left around the poster and can be used by a framer to mount the poster so that nothing touches the poster itself. Backing is what we recommend for framing, and for any poster needing restoration.

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  • In 1973 Braniff International Airways commissioned Alexander Calder to paint a DC 8 jet that was scheduled to fly between North and South America. Initially trained as an engineer and best known for his kinetic sculptures, or mobiles, Calder was a fitting choice for such an undertaking. In preparation for the project, Calder created numerous fiberglass models, each painted with different colors and designs. Aspects from each model were then incorporated into the final painting on the plane, which bore Calder’s signature rather than the Braniff logo.

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