Art of Flight [SLIDESHOW]

There’s something genuinely fascinating in seeing manmade aircraft ascend into the atmosphere, 400,000 pounds of metal and plastic propelled upwards by human innovation and ingenuity. The effect is both awe-inspiring and frightening.

The marvel of flight was enough to inspire artist Jeffrey Milstein to photograph airplanes from underneath. The series, “Aircraft: The Jet as Art,” freezes airplanes in mid-air as they soar overhead.

“As a typology of aircraft, these photographs open up conversations about the complexity and beauty of modern technology. They are an attempt to share my sense of wonder,” Milstein writes. “Watching a mammoth Boeing 747 gracefully gliding overhead on the way to touch down never ceases to amaze me, but they are also a meditation on how technology can be a double-edged sword when things go wrong.”

Jet Art Group takes flight as art to a completely new level. For the group, the jet is the paintbrush. The artist splashes paint into the force generated from a jet engine, which splatters the paint all over a canvas.

The group recently partnered with Flexjet to celebrate the Learjet’s 50th anniversary.

“The blast from a Learjet aircraft engine creates the most amazing texture and structure, which simply cannot be achieved by a brush or a palette knife,” said artist Princess Tarinan von Anhalt.

Read "Art of Motion" for a take on engaging the youth in manufacturing via art. 

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