Nature Air chooses seven winners in contest to design plane tails

October 9, 2015
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Nature Air’s “Your art in the air” contest, which asked the public to submit designs for its airplane tails, was supposed to crown three winners, but seven were chosen after 200 submissions were received.

“It was difficult to choose among so many beautiful designs,” said Gustavo Chinchilla, president of Nature Air. “We want to extend our thanks to everyone who participated because they really shone and they made it very difficult for us to choose.”

Winners will receive a round-trip flight in the plane bearing their design, with two nights’ lodging, plus their work will appear in the in-flight magazine Landings.

Alejandro Barboza of Costa Rica, who won for two of his designs, said, “I’m very happy and grateful. It’s about time that Costa Rica recognizes the work that we lovers of art create. In both designs I was inspired by nature because for me it’s sacred.”

The winners are:

Alejandro Barboza, Costa Rica — winner for two designs

Alejandro Barboza's plane tail design.

(Courtesy of Nature Air)

Alejandro Barboza's plane tail design

(Courtesy of Nature Air)

Azalea Yahosca Zapata, Nicaragua

Azaleza Zapata's airplane tail design

(Courtesy of Nature Air)

Alexandra Soto, Costa Rica

Alexandra Soto's plane tail design

(Courtesy of Nature Air)

Stephanie Chaves, Costa Rica

Stephanie Chaves' plane tail design

(Courtesy of Nature Air)

Sergio Alonso Morera, Costa Rica

Sergio Morera's plane tail design

(Courtesy of Nature Air)

Stephen Duplantier, Costa Rica

Stephen Duplantier's plane tail design

(Courtesy of Nature Air)

“Since we’re a regional airline, we decided that from now on we’re going to offer the opportunity to show off the artistic talent of Nicaragua and Costa Rica,” Chinchilla said. “We want to proudly lift to the heights those designs that unite us as brother countries.”

Contact Karl Kahler at kkahler@ticotimes.net.

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11 Responses

  1. Niiiice mix. There are some familiar faces (Steph Chaves) and some newbies.

    My fave is Alexandra Soto’s hands down.

    And I am afraid Mr Duplantiers rendition is too close to the style of Henri Rousseau for my taste.

  2. I never heard of such a contest I am not good at drawing but my head is full of great ideas,as what to put on your tails of your planes.sorry I am late as to hear abt this but keep in mind the next time something like this comes up.

  3. The tail design is continuation of a tradition beginning in 2002 with a two engine Islander airbrush painted by Daniel Arensmeier an expressionist artist
    http://www.expressionistdan.com . We named the campaign “flying canvases over Costa Rica” or “flying art over Costa Rica” the plane was affectingly called Ponche de Frutas or Fruit Punch by the children of the Osa Peninsula.

  4. Tico Times reader “Marc” does not like my design because it is too close to Henri Rousseau’s paintings. I am not sure why Rousseau’s work displeases him so, but if his remark is meant to comment on the fact of one artist being influenced by another, then the history of art must also displease him. The Romans copied the Greeks, and, using that arbitrary starting point, the history of art is a constant celebration of one art work influencing another one. Originality is an elusive thing because how could it emerge without an influence in one way or another of practically everything that has gone before.

    I liked the darkness of Rousseau–something that in these days and times is more and more appropriate. The animals of the night are gazing back with open eyes at the tourists and visitors who gawk at them during the day time.

  5. beautiful tropical designs! my vote is : Sergio Morera . His design will show “best” from the air.

    I love Nature Air. Have flown it many times and also use it for my clients when I design a vacation.

  6. Those are fantastic, maybe someone will authorize posters or tshirts. When they do, I want some!!

  7. Stephen Duplantier wins my vote hands down. I live on the edge of a national forest reserve and this is how we think about CR.

    And I rather like Rousseau.

    and I would totally love reproductions on anything!

  8. All are awesome, but considering this is going to be a TAIL for an aircraft, I vote for simplicity and good taste, that is Barboza´s blue turtles

  9. I love them all! Bravo to Nature Air for the idea, the contest, and for their choice of winners! And particularly Bravo to the artists! I look forward to seeing these brightly colored designs flying in the air on the tails of Nature Air’s planes! Pure Vida!

  10. GREAT marketing idea & some REALLY COOL artwork!! MY FAV is Stephen Duplantier’s & I LOVE his comment “The animals of the night are gazing back with open eyes at the tourists and visitors who gawk at them during the day time.”

    I like Alexandra Soto’s but it looks more like Granada than CR & though NatureAir goes to Managua I would think your average tourist that doesn’t know much about CR might be expecting that. Maybe I’m wrong – IS that someplace in CR? I’d love to know where as it’s charming!!

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