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In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Can You Fly These Planes?


Just making my way through Cleveland-Hopkins International airport, I found these oversized “paper” airplanes between the C and D concourses. I was a bit surprised that few travelers seemed to notice them, and that in the two times I passed under them, only one person besides me stopped to take pictures. (click pic to enlarge)

Perhaps not many of them have a 7-year-old son who still is fascinated by every plane he folds.

I called the airport for information, but as of this writing have not received a return call. My first source was Wikipedia, via Google, but as a former reporter I still cringe any time I see someone citing a sole source. Add to that Wikipedia’s user-contributed nature, and it gets murkier.

According to Wikipedia: “The airplanes… are actually made of aluminum covered with photographic laminates and measure as much as 16 feet long. The installation is called Home, School, and Office (1999). The artist is Andy Yoder.”

I confirmed this on Andy Yoder’s website and also found that he is a Cleveland native. There was an e-mail address listed, so I figured I would give it a shot.

Mr. Yoder graciously replied and gave me a few more details about his path as an artist. He was born and reared in Cleveland and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, then moved to New York City. He has lived in Vermont since 2003 and plans a summer relocation to Falls Church, one of Virginia’s numerous Washington, D.C. suburbs.

I got no indication that he had tested these planes by flying them off his back deck — probably a smart move, as each weighs between 500 and 1000 pounds.

Andy Yoder

Photo Tech:
Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
F-stop: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/5 sec
Focal Length: 57.8 mm
ISO: 80
Metering Mode: Multi-Segment