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Art World Horror Stories Vol. 1: Virgin Nightmares
Episode 1455th October 2021 • Not Real Art • Crewest Studio
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Today we are starting a new segment, something terrifying, something horrifying; introducing Art World Horror Stories! Over the last couple of weeks, we have been collecting stories from our larger network of artists and creators, intended as cautionary tales, or reminders about how wrong things can go in the world of art and beyond. Some of the time all the hard work and love you put into projects pays off, but sometimes the best-laid plans come to nothing, and the ship sinks in front of your eyes. Today's episode is the first of these and Sourdough kicks things off by talking about the events of 2014 when Crew West Studios almost saw through an amazing vision to oversee the painting of jumbo jets for Virgin Atlantic. Right before the plan really kicked into motion, the tragedy of the VSS Enterprise occurred, something that shook the whole of Virgin to its foundations, and unfortunately resulted in many ideas and initiatives being shelved or forgotten. To hear all about this, and a clear reminder of the lack of guarantees in life, listen in with us today for this segment of Art World Horror Stories!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The kinds of bad things that can happen to anyone: a lesson from 2020 and the pandemic. 
  • Dreams at Crew West Studio of painting a jumbo jet!  
  • Connecting with Pippa Lambert at ICM and pitching the idea to Virgin Atlantic.
  • How the competition was going to work; voting for designs across different continents. 
  • The great reception that the idea initially received at Red Dog and Virgin. 
  • The scheduled meeting with the Virgin Atlantic CEO and the rising tide of excitement. 
  • How tragedy struck on October 31st, 2014 with the crash of the VSS Enterprise. 
  • The resultant shelving of the global art project that Crew West had envisaged.
  • Accidents happen and circumstances change; best-laid plans can be devastated.   
  • A reminder about counting blessings too soon, and staying focused on what really matters.

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