How Cool: Obsolete Aircraft Parts To Turn Into Art By Etihad Airways


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Etihad Airways is displaying art pieces at its head quarters

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has partnered with local designers to upcycle obsolete aircraft cabin interiors into pieces of art, as an environmentally friendly alternative of dealing with waste.

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Carpet and fabric rolls, emergency equipment, sidewalls and windows, and Economy and Business class seats are just some of the old aircraft parts Azza Al Qubaisi and Christine Wilson used to design art installations for Etihad Airways.

Born in Abu Dhabi, Emirati sculptor Azza Al Qubaisi’s first art piece used seat floor mounting rails as a building motif to create symmetric geometric formations that can be displayed free standing or suspended from the ceiling. “After deconstructing some seats, I have a bigger appreciation for the ergonomics and technology that goes into them – there are hundreds of pieces. I’m already working on a second piece of art by melting and casting the scrap materials I didn’t use for my first installation and I can’t wait to share it with the world,” she added.

Christine Wilson at Etihad Airways

Using aircraft curtains, wall panels, life jackets and cabin interiors, Christine Wilson, an emerging artist from Ireland based in Dubai, designed a multidimensional upcycled art piece to encapsulate a textural zeitgeist of Etihad. Inspired by nature with a passion for the environment, Wilson founded her ‘covid-couture’ business at the start of the global pandemic to play her part in remaking the world and living a sustainable life.

Etihad is displaying the art pieces at Etihad Headquarters and hopes to commission similar work in the future.


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