Wolfgang Tillmans – Concorde

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"Concorde is perhaps the last example of a techno-utopian invention from the sixties still to be operating and fully functioning today. Its futuristic shape, speed and ear-numbing thunder grabs people's imagination today as much as it did when it first took off in 1969. It's an environmental nightmare conceived in 1962 when technology and progress was the answer to everything and the sky was no longer a limit. It flies at more than double the speed of sound, at a maximum of 2333 km/h in altitude of 16000m. Its empty weight is 85900 kg and it takes up to 94 750 kg fuel at a capacity of 100 passengers. Due to rising fuel prices and environmental pressures, supersonic travel never really became a reality. Only fourteen Concordes, excluding prototypes, have ever been built and are currently flying between Paris or London and New York just under 3 1/2 hours. For the chosen few, flying Concorde is apparently a glamorous but cramped and slightly boring routine whilst to watch it in air, landing or taking-off is a strange and free spectacle, a super modern anachronism and an image of the desire to overcome time and distance through technology." (Wolfgang Tillmans)

Reprint 2017. Softcover, 240 x 260, 128 pages, 62 color images
Walther König

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