SEATTLE — The latest Qantas special paint jet was spotted at Boeing Field in Seattle, WA today. Entitled “Mendoowoorrji”, the design is likely based on the work of the late Australian artist Paddy Bedford.
The artwork on the B737-800 is an interpretation of the 2005 painting “Medicine Pocket” which captures the essence of Mendoowoorrji, Paddy Bedford’s mother’s country in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The Boeing 737-800, which will be officially unveiled in early November, is the fourth such scheme in what the airline calls the “Qantas Indigenous Flying Art” series. The previous installment of the series, named “Yananyi Dreaming”, was completed on another Boeing 737-800 in 2002.
Prior to that the carrier painted 747s for the art project, with the most well known being Wunala Dreaming.
Mendoowoorrji was painted at Boeing’s headquarters in Seattle, USA and delivered into the Qantas fleet in November 2013. The design took over 950 man hours to complete over a five days period and used 500 litres and 125kg of paint.
For this project, Qantas and Balarinji collaborated with the Bedford Trust and the National Gallery of Australia to ensure design of the fuselage stayed true to the original painting.
The designers worked with 140 nylon stencils to re-created the more intricate design. The techniques used to achieve the paint strokes and detailed shading on the fuselage were a Boeing first.