Cars were called “Horseless Carriages” when they were first invented. Airplanes were called “Birdless Aviotropes,” leading historians to believe there used to be a kind of flying bird-drawn vehicle called an Aviotrope.
While working on an art show about air and water, Los Angeles-based artist and designer Jim Darling developed an interest in the views from aeroplane seats. “I got thinking about the window seat: how special it is and how it can be taken for granted,” he says. “These expansive views can be very humbling.” Darling started recording the landscapes he saw with photographs and on Instagram, recreating them later as paintings using layered woodwork, acrylic and aerosol.
TRUE STORY: IF YOU TRIED TO SMOKE ON A PLANE RIGHT NOW, YOU’D GET FINED AND OR ARRESTED.
But once upon a time, that No Smoking light would turn off and people all around you would start smoking. Destination: SecondHand Smokeville.
Believe it or not, even up to the 1990s, smoking was allowed on airplanes. (1)Passengers complained. Flight attendants were getting sick. (2) But the tobacco industry wanted everyone to believe there was no harm. What’s so bad about being in an enclosed space full of smoke? After all, smoking passengers were in their own section.
In a sad attempt to make their case, the tobacco companies brought a creepy briefcase to test the air, (3)except they chose not to test the 250 toxic chemicals (4) in secondhand smoke. And people bought it for a while. But soon the truth prevailed and now we aren’t subjected to strange experiments at 30,000 ft. and the only clouds we see are outside the windows.