Artist to Bury Boeing 727 Airplane in Mojave Desert

General Map of Boron, Mojave, and Edwards AFB - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Swiss artist, Chistoph Buchel, will be burying a Boeing 727 commercial airplane in the Mojave Desert as installation art if Kern County approves the project. The airplane will be buried 38 feet underground near Boron, California. Tourists would be able to view the airplane because the artist wants to dig a tunnel to the decommissioned plane. There will be a working bathroom on the airplane for the tourist to use.

A local Bakersfield news report by KGET, reported that the project is called “Terminal.” Buchel was inspired by the mining and aviation history, which inspired this idea of unearthing the ground to put an airplane there. A Kern County representative said during the KGET interview that Buchel has been working on getting the clearance for the 5 acres where they plan to install the artwork. Final decision by the planning commission by the end of this month. If approved at the end of the month, “Terminal” could be completed by as early as this fall. Groups of five can book a drive from the LA Museum of Contemporary Art and currently the museum is planning two or three trips weekly to the underground airplane.

In the city of Mojave, California, an Airplane Graveyard containing large sums of retired jet airplanes, and obsolete commercial airliners are on display. Edwards Air Force Base is also located out in the Mojave Desert. The City of Boron was founded soon after in 1925 when borax was discovered in the area. Boron mines the largest amount of borax worldwide.

Buchel has other controversial installation art of a homeless depot and maze under a dump.

By: Nancy Connors
Entertainment Reporter

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