California flies high as second United jet showcases women’s art

October 14, 2019
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The Californian 757. Photo: United

California is the subject of United Airlines’ second jet designed to promote women artists and give them the sweeping canvass of an aircraft livery.

The Boeing 757 was created by San Francisco resident Tsungwei Moo and features California imagery such as sunglasses, palm trees and the Golden Gate bridge.

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The livery was shaped by the artist’s personal journey: she grew up in Tapei Taiwan before emigrating to San Francisco 14 years ago on a United flight.

It also recognizes United’s Californian hubs of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Photo: United

“It’s truly a dream come true,” Moo said.

“The vibrant colors, sunshine and subject matter make it California.

“I could never imagine one day my art will be displayed on a United Airlines plane which brought me to the United States.

“There are no culture borders in art and it doesn’t matter my status is an emigrant female artist.

“This plane has its mission now, to bring more joy into people’s life, connecting people and uniting the world through experience art.”

This is the second plane in the series, with a B757 paying tribute to New York/New jersey unveiled last month.

Designed by artist Corinne Antonelli, that plane featured iconic imagery from the two states including the historic Red Mill in New Jersey, the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

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Photo: United

The Her Art Here contest asked artists who identified as women to visually represent either New York/New Jersey or California, two key markets for the airline.

They needed to combine the company’s mission with how they saw their communities.

Entries were scored by a panel of judges based on contest criteria and winners were determined based on a combination of judges’ scores and public voting.

The airline says that having their designs on an aircraft provides artists with a traveling canvas that flies on average 1.6 million miles and 476 cross-country trips.