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A cemetery of disused war planes in the scorching Arizona desert has been given a new lease of life – as part of an art project. ‘The Boneyard Project’ resurrects disused warplanes that lie in the famous Boneyard in Arizona by letting graffiti artists paint them. More than 30 of the world’s best urban artists worked on five ruined US Air Force jets, vividly bringing them back to life with paint and colour.
The brain child of art patron Eric Firestone, the project seeks to resurrect disused planes from throughout America’s military history. Mr Firestone explains: 'The first part of the Boneyard Project, 'Nose Job', made its debut in the summer of 2011 with an exhibition of nose cones taken from military aeroplanes and given to artists to use as eccentric- shaped "canvases".
'It represents a visionary concept in art, to take full sized discarded planes and have artists re-imagine them is something that has never been done before. 'After witnessing what went into making this project happen I know that a project of this scale will not come again for a long time. 'This is exhibition is something completely different, it has to be seen to be believed, and when it's gone it won't ever come again.'