Delta enlists artists to decorate tray tables

8 Feb 2017 by Marisa Cannon
Delta Pedro Campiche

Delta Air Lines has enlisted a team of artists to decorate the tray tables on one of its planes.

Partnering with The Coca Cola Company, the airline has given a group of 12 artists free rein to decorate the tray tables on one of its B767 aircraft with designs that reflect their artwork and style.

Ping Zhu Delta

By Brooklyn-based illustrator Ping Zhu

Artists are said to have drawn inspiration from Delta’s most popular destinations, which include Amsterdam, Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. According to the airline, the designs are centred on themes of optimism, travel, refreshment and happiness.

Sac Magique Amsterdam Delta tray

By Helsinki-based illustrator Sac Magique

In addition, Delta will be displaying the artworks at Atlanta airport’s Concourse A, between gates A15 and A11.

Below is a list of the artists that have participated in the initiative, with a description of their design:

  • Sac Magique (Amsterdam) – Dutch waffles and bicyclists float through the flower-lined streets of Amsterdam in Sac’s whimsical tribute to the city he loves.
  • Adam Pinsley (Atlanta) – A designer in Delta’s creative department, Adam used actual jet paint and his signature drip-art style to blend the colours of Coca-Cola and Delta in his tribute to Atlanta.
  • Noma Bar (London) – A London-based artist, Noma is inspired by the weather and how it affects the mood of the city.
  • Stevie Gee (Los Angeles) – In Gee’s Los Angeles, the stars of Hollywood Boulevard are juxtaposed with the people who walk on them.
  • Skip Hursch (Mexico City) – The vivid colors and motifs of Central American textile design get a modern twist and give us a taste of the Mexican capital.
  • Pedro Campiche (New York City) – Pedro gives us a fresh look at New York City by reimagining the city’s skyline through the lens of street art.
  • James R. Eads (Paris) – With its swirling, effervescent night sky, James’ portrait of Paris captures the city at night.
  • Alex Yanes (Sao Paulo) – Alex drew inspiration from Sao Paulo’s street art to create this portrait of a boy brimming with optimism as he flies high above the city.
  • Will Bryant (Seattle) – Will drew inspiration from the rivers, mountains and rain-misted evergreens that surround the city and lend it a refreshing, down-to-earth vibe.
  • Yulia Brodskaya (Seoul) – Yulia’s portrait of Seoul is made entirely with paper, though it looks painted. Her style captures the flavour of the city, its vibrant colors and iconic cuisine.
  • Ping Zhu (Shanghai) – In Ping’s work, Shanghai is shown through the prism of the street market, where food, commerce and culture bubble over and tell the story of China’s past and present.
  • Paola Gracey (Tokyo) – The lights and neon signs of Tokyo take on a life of their own through Paola’s use of glitter, paint drips and epoxy resin.

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