For the next while, fewer people will be partaking in air travel. But one clever designer has shared an invention that could be rolled out in the future – a decal that transforms an airplane window into a piece of stained glass art.
Unveiled by Danielle Baskin recently, the design was actually inspired by current events. “I thought of stained glass airplane windows in February, when the coronavirus was just beginning to spread globally and many flights were still in operation. The idea of flying in a plane was beginning to feel out of reach because there was the looming possibility that you might get sick. I thought the plane could be transformed into a place of prayer to ease that tension of flight as a health hazard and bring a light-hearted image. I specialise in printing on uncommon materials, so fabricated this printed cling, as it's a perfect way to quickly transform a window. You can remove it and roll it up afterwards,” Danielle told Lonely Planet.
The printed stained glass cling has also been designed with a secondary function in mind. Danielle made the film washable, meaning that it creates a clean barrier between the traveller and the glass when wiped down. Danielle said that she felt that when people get back on planes, there may be an increased awareness of all places that aren’t regularly cleaned between flights.
According to the designer, when she shared the images online, the design proved a hit, with people getting in touch to find out more about the whimsical, colourful creation. While air travel is not possible at the moment, people have expressed interest in using the decals elsewhere.
“People who have ordered them said they'll keep them on their home windows to remind them of future travel plans, which feels increasingly distant. It might take a while, but the next time humans fly again without worrying about getting sick will feel magical. We once took flights for granted, but when flights resume the plane ride will feel more sacred,” she said.
More of Danielle’s work is available at her official website.