March 31, 2011
AOPA ePublishing staff
A new work of art on display in Milan showcases the distinctive design of the Piaggio P.180 Avanti II turboprop.
A P.180 Avanti II, transformed into the celestial Cacciatore di Stelle (Star Hunter) work of art by contemporary artist Mimmo Paladino, is on display in downtown Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Paladino’s transformation of the canard twin pusher turboprop “recalls both the past and the future,” Piaggio Aero said in a press release, “through its decoration with ancestral symbols and possible new ways of communicating: constellations of signs enclosed by geometrical spaces to create a celestial map.”
“The P.180 Avanti has been chosen because it can be considered a work of art itself, as an expression of Italian genius in design and engineering, that’s why this creation is an unprecedented event,” said Piaggio CEO Alberto Galassi in the release.
The Piaggio P.180 Avanti II inspired Paladino “because of its unique, unmistakable design,” the release said. Cacciatore di Stelle is part of an extensive exhibition of Paladino hosted by the Palazzo Reale, it added.
The aircraft, which sits on a white base, is not the only large-scale artwork in the exhibition: 30 carved horses emerge from the 35-meter-diameter Montagna di Sale (Salt Mountain) in Piazza Duomo in Milan.
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