Lilicoptère: a Fancy Helicopter Inspired by Marie Antoinette
“Lilicoptère” is Lisbon-based artist Joana Vasconcelos’ interesting interpretation of what Marie Antoinette would ride in if she was alive today. Using Bell 47 helicopter as base, Vasconcelos lavishly decorated it with ostrich feathers and thousands of rhinestones (Swarovski crystals, gold leaf, industrial coating, dyed leather upholstery embossed with fine gold, Arraiolos rugs, walnut wood, wood grain painting, passementerie).
This installation is a part of the artist’s 2012 solo exhibition at the Palace of Versaille, sat in strong juxtaposition against the ornately decorated, 17th century room. It might not be able to fly, but this fancy aircraft is definitely a delightfully creation due to its over-the-top style. [source]