Marc Rees - Associate Artist

Under the visionary curatorship of Welsh artist Marc Rees, a mobile arts space created from the transformed body of a DC-9 aeroplane – Adain Avion - migrated across Wales in the summer of 2012 igniting the imagination of the nation for the London 2012 Festival.

The plane ‘nested’ in Swansea, Ebbw Vale and Llandudno, between 24 June and 14 July, for three weeks of extraordinary cultural activities that reflected the distinctive history and culture of each area. Adain Avion was one of 12 public art commissions created for Artists Taking the Lead, the UK Arts Councils' flagship project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Marc Rees, whose recent work includes the acclaimed site-specific project {150} that united National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru for the very fist time, is one of Wales’ leading performance and installation artists with an established track record of delivering groundbreaking, provocative and risk-taking work. For Adain Avion, he brought together leading artists from around the globe including Welsh writer Owen Sheers, Swiss choreographer Philippe Saire, Portuguese choreographer Filipa Francisco, Welsh visual artists Owen Griffiths, Stefhan Caddick and Carwyn Evans, Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner, Finnish choreographer Tanja Råman, BAFTA-winning Welsh composer John Hardy and Welsh choreographer Cai Tomos to collaborate with local people for performances, installations, workshops and events at each nesting destination. Over 2,000 participants, 50 artists and 65 community groups were involved in the project,150 events in total with an overall audience of 48.000.

All the activities were filmed and stored in the plane’s ‘black box’ recorder and revealed to thousands of visitors at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Llandow. Then, as the Olympic Games drew to a close on 12 August, the fuselage began its journey home to Spain after depositing the ‘black box’ at St. Fagans National History Museum where it formed an important contemporary folk archive; an eclectic collective memory to represent the uniqueness of Wales in 2012.

Avion was originally discovered and transformed from the wreck of an abandoned aeroplane by Spanish sculptor Eduardo Cajal, who wanted to recycle the fuselage to create a vehicle for cultural and artistic exchange. Rees brought this extraordinary object from its home in northern Spain to Wales and chose Swansea his home turf as its first destination nesting point and Taliesin were the obvious partners to make this enormously ambitious project happen and a 'runway' success.

To experience Rees' unique take on in-flight entertainment click on the link below

Adain Avion was funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council of Wales, included in the London 2012 Festival and part of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Produced by Taliesin Arts Centre

Creative Producer, Sian Thomas