Lonely Planet Writer

This airplane’s tray tables have become an art gallery at 35,000 feet

While an airplane’s tray tables generally serve one simple function, one aircraft has turned the humble tray into an art gallery at 35,000 feet.

Pedro Campiche. Pedro gives us a fresh look at New York City by reimagining the city’s iconic skyline through the lens of street art.
Pedro Campiche. Pedro gives us a fresh look at New York City by re-imagining the city’s iconic skyline through the lens of street art. Image by Delta
Paola Gracey. The mesmerizing lights and neon signs of Tokyo take on a life of their own through Paola’s invigorating use of glitter, paint drips and epoxy resin.
Paola Gracey. The mesmerising lights and neon signs of Tokyo take on a life of their own through Paola’s invigorating use of glitter, paint drips and epoxy resin. Image by Delta

Delta and Coca-Cola teamed up with 12 artists from around the world to create an art gallery in the sky. The companies turned the tray tables on one of the Delta’s 767 aircraft into one-of-a-kind works of art.

Will Bryant. n depicting Seattle, Will drew inspiration from the rivers, mountains and rain-misted evergreens that surround the city and lend it a refreshing, down-to-earth vibe.
Will Bryant. In depicting Seattle, Will drew inspiration from the rivers, mountains and rain-misted evergreens that surround the city and lend it a refreshing, down-to-earth vibe. Image by Delta
Stevie Gee. In Stevie’s Los Angeles, the stars of Hollywood Boulevard are playfully juxtaposed with the everyday people who walk on them.
Stevie Gee. In Stevie’s Los Angeles, the stars of Hollywood Boulevard are playfully juxtaposed with the everyday people who walk on them. Image by Delta

Each of the artists drew inspiration for their works from some of Delta’s most popular destinations, such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. According to Delta, “each piece of art celebrates themes of optimism, travel, refreshment and happiness”.

James Eads. With its swirling, effervescent night sky, James’ portrait of Paris captures the magic of the city at night.
James Eads. With its swirling, effervescent night sky, James’ portrait of Paris captures the magic of the city at night. Image by Delta
Yulia Brodskaya. Although it may appear painted, Yulia’s portrait of Seoul is crafted entirely with paper. This unique style seamlessly captures the flavor of the city, its vibrant colors, and iconic cuisine.
Yulia Brodskaya. Although it may appear painted, Yulia’s portrait of Seoul is crafted entirely with paper. This unique style seamlessly captures the flavor of the city, its vibrant colors, and iconic cuisine. Image by Delta

And if you aren’t lucky enough to end up on the 767 with the artists’ trays, the originals will be on display at the busiest airport in the US. The trays will be shows at Concourse A, between gates A15 and A11 at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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