Aircraft Sculpture

It has been said that Jeddah has enough aircraft monuments to fill a small aviation museum. This particular sculpture is of an actual twin-engined aircraft, which is painted a cheerful yellow and whose plinth is painted a sky blue. Among its other aircraft sculptures are a Vampire jet fighter and a trainer which are housed together in a roundabout in the middle of a very busy intersection. Another is an actual veteran Dakota DC3 which was a gift to the city from Saudia Airlines. This is a relic from Saudia’s early days when their entire fleet was comprised of this plane plus two other similar ones. Its concrete plinth is in the form of fluffy white clouds and rolling blue waves to signify the relationship of the earth, sea, and air. Yet another aircraft sculpture was the personal plane of King Abdul Aziz and its plinth positions it upward in take-off position. This aircraft was a gift given to the King by US President Roosevelt when they met during World War II. These all represent the innovative agenda of recycling objects and materials which was touted by the mayor of Jeddah at the time, Mohamed Said Farsi, for his massive beautification project of the city in the 1970s and 80s.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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8 Responses to Aircraft Sculpture

  1. GlenStef says:

    Can i take a one small picture from your site?

    Have a nice day

  2. Tammie says:

    This looks like a real plane to me. I imagined them flying it up there, ha. I sense a crane must have done it. I wandered around both your blogs. You are living such an interesting life. Wishing you the best.

  3. Hi To All and Thanks for your comments!

    @ Fishing Guy – It is an actual plane that has been turned into a piece of art. There are several of these around the city and all used real aircraft. The same thing with boats too. I’ve got to get my hubby to take me down to where the real boat monuments are so I can photograph them.

  4. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: That looks more like an actual plane then a sculpture. Very nicely captured from your country.

  5. i am surprised to learn that there are several plane monuments. I actually like the art monuments much better. I have been enjoying those sculptures on your site.

  6. Jacob says:

    This plane must represent the days before the U.S. began shipping planes to the Saudis.

    It’s so interesting that the Saudis love sculpture – for some reason it would seem that, too, would be a no-no.

    All of these works of art must add a neat dimension to life in your city!

  7. Lilli says:

    Wow! you have some amazing sculptures here on you blog.

  8. SandyCarlson says:

    That’s an amazing sculpture. Thanks for this history behind it. Talk about forward looking–the karma is good with that plane.

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