Calgary artist Jeff de Boer’s beloved tin airplane sculptures have found a new home at the Hangar Flight Museum, creating a nostalgic and awe-inspiring display for aviation enthusiasts. Suspended in a truss system in the museum’s mezzanine, these miniature wind-up airplanes were a familiar sight to passengers at the Calgary International Airport for over 20 years.
After being decommissioned from the airport due to terminal upgrades, de Boer reached out on social media to find a place that would accept his sculptures. The Hangar Flight Museum eagerly stepped up to the plate and gladly welcomed the giant tin toys. “These giant tin toys needed a home,” expressed Brian Desjardins, the museum’s executive director, “and we agreed that we’d certainly be a great home for these giant carousels.”
While the current display at the museum is only a part of the full piece, plans are underway to create a permanent solution. The museum is launching a fundraising campaign to build a new $60-million facility to replace its current “tent hangar.” This upgraded facility would triple the size of the existing space and allow for the incorporation of the carousel bases for de Boer’s sculptures.
The project has already received partial funding from the Calgary city council, with $14.5 million approved for 2022. The museum hopes to secure a matching grant from the provincial government and generate support from the private sector, philanthropists, the aviation community, and the federal government to cover the remaining costs.
Where were the tin airplane sculptures installed?
The tin airplane sculptures were installed at the Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary.
How long were the sculptures displayed at the Calgary International Airport?
The sculptures were displayed at the Calgary International Airport for over 20 years.
What is the Hangar Flight Museum planning to do to accommodate the sculptures?
The Hangar Flight Museum plans to build a new facility that will replace its current “tent hangar” and triple its size. This new facility will allow for the incorporation of the carousel bases for the sculptures.
How is the new facility being funded?
The project has received partial funding of $14.5 million from the Calgary city council. The museum is seeking a matching grant from the provincial government and will also rely on support from the private sector, philanthropists, the aviation community, and the federal government.