Norwich lifted No Fly Zone for festival
24/05/2011 HeHe, PlaneJam, May 2011, Simon Steven
An unmanned aircraft entered the lower airspace of the city of Norwich from 6th-21st May, targeting the consciences of the people beneath it. The installation created by internationally acclaimed artists Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen (collectively known as HeHe) formed part of this years Norwich and Norfolk Festival, 6th – 21st May 2011.
The work entitled ‘Plane Jam’ was sited in the centre of Norwich, visible to thousands of pedestrians who were able to take in a series of remote controlled emissions at various times throughout the day. These highly visible emissions drew attention to the high-cost of low-cost air travel that is damaging our fragile atmosphere, as well as the envelope of gases surrounding the earth.
The project was conceived during the artists’ residency at the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of East Anglia, Norwich and was inspired by discussions with researchers, in the aftermath of the Icelandic Eyjafjöll volcano eruption.
The artwork is part of the ‘Invisible Breath’ project, a series of art commissions with artists HeHe, Faisal Abdu’Allah and Dryden Goodwin around the subject of air pollution and breathing; supported by the Wellcome Trust.
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