Popular local artist GONZO247 is teaming up with the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport to paint a one-of-a-kind mural that highlights Houston’s history. The mural will be painted directly onto the body of a 1969 Hawker jet. The public is invited to watch GONZO finish the painting, which is expected to conclude on Sunday, June 2.
The Hawker jet that will be the new home for the mural has stood by the museum’s parking lot entrance for years to welcome visitors. The jet will now further connect with the community by showcasing different elements of Houston history with a bright, colorful mix of imagery painted right onto its sleek, massive body. Even GONZO247 himself is awed by the sheer scale of the jet, which offers a new medium for his artwork. “When I first saw the jet, I couldn’t believe that it was going to be my canvas! I have transformed cars and even beer silos, but this is a project of a whole different scale,” GONZO said in a 1940 Air Terminal press release.
Aside from offering an artist a new challenge, the GONZO247 mural project represents a chance for the museum to connect with Houstonians in a new way and strengthen the museum’s ties with the community says the 1940 Air Terminal Museum’s Executive Director Amy Rogers. “The true success of the art project will be measured by the ways we are able to engage the public at large and build bridges in the Houston community,” said Rogers in a press release.
GONZO247 will begin painting the new mural on Thursday, May 23 and will paint through Sunday, June 2. The public is invited to watch GONZO paint during a live demonstration on Saturday, June 1 at 11am.
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is located at Hobby Airport, 8325 Travelair Street, Houston, Texas 77061. For more information call (713) 454-1940 or visit 1940AirTerminal.org.