The new facade, just inaugurated at Paris Orly airport, was designed by French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. This monumental work of art covering 34,000 square feet (3,200 m2) of drawings and images of all kinds has been well received by passengers. The airport collected testimonies of passengers, and employees, that illustrate memorable moments in their lives, which took place at the airport. The artist was then given carte blanche to convert them into images.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: "That's Cindy. It illustrates the reunion of a young girl who had lost contact with her first love, whom finally she married. This is a very nice story involving dolphins. Nathalie took care of six dolphins from Parc Astérix (a French theme park) blocked on the runways of Orly airport for three days. It affected her so much, it changed her life."
Using these accounts and anecdotal travel stories, the artist wanted above all to convey a message of hope and joy. For this, he has opted for pure line drawings, taken from a selection of the stories told. Having had the illustrations scanned and printed on large fabric supports, he then had to deal with the particularities of the facade. "The facade is subdivided into several hundred windows, which also add to the quality of the project. That’s to say, our design is reconstructed within the facade, in a sort of Mondrian style. In addition it adds more intention, and poetry to the design; there is a certain graphical construction."
All these stories will adorn the Orly Sud airport walls for one year.