Appreciating the art of airline safety cards

Thursday, 1 December, 2011

Possibly subjective… well known artworks that have inspired the design of airline safety cards.

The artist behind a current AeroMexico safety card is not convinced. In an echo of The Son of Man, the 1964 painting by Belgian Surrealist René Magritte, the AeroMexico man is rendered in realistic detail – from rolled up sleeves to tousled hair – all of which is, however, a set up for the darkly comic punch line: the man has no face. This bit of surrealistic surgery, more than the yellow life preserver, is what we remember. It is plain to us that this creepily inanimate son of man is, in struggling to preserve his life, in some sense already dead.

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