“Lilicoptère” is artist Joana Vasconcelos’ vision of what Marie Antoinette would ride in, were the French queen alive today. The Bell 47 helicopter is lavishly decorated with ostrich feathers and thousands of rhinestones. The interior features intricate woodwork, gilding, and custom upholstery embroidered with Marie Antoinette’s initials. The sculptural installation was part of the artist’s 2012 solo exhibition at the Palace of Versaille.
Lilicoptère, A Gilded Helicopter Fit for Marie Antoinette