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An Extravagant Inflight Easter Egg Hunt Courtesy Ian Davenport and Fabergé

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VistaJet, the luxury jetliner known for its pronounced inclination toward the arts, is revving its engines for spring by commissioning English artist Ian Davenport to reinvent the Easter egg. The 1991 Turner Prize nominee is reshaping his signature linear swaths of color to follow the Fabergé tradition, then using the resulting artwork to embellish the tail of a Bombardier Global 6000 jet. (Not coincidentally, Fabergé eggs will be available for purchase onboard, an amenity many levels above the typical bag of Toblerone bars we look forward to buying at Duty Free).

The swirling tail design evokes the engraving techniques and guilloché enamel patterns that Peter Carl Fabergé applied to the Easter Eggs of Russian czars in the late 19th century. The brilliance of its Day-glo palette, however, makes it decidedly more psychedelic than the Romanovs could have imagined.

— Janelle Zara

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