Smithsonian honours historic Airstream trailer

by Leslie Hossack

A Dot M, Autumn 2006


Dreaming, Autumn 2006

© Leslie Hossack

An Airstream trailer can be found in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It was one of four Mobile Quarantine Facilities built by NASA for astronauts returning from the moon. The unit on display there was used by Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins after their Apollo 11 mission. They were permitted to emerge from the trailer once it was determined that they were not infected by “moon germs.”

The two images shown above are from a grouping called Airstream Abstracts. The photographs in this series were taken over the course of an entire year. In 2007, they were part of my solo exhibition entitled The Four Seasons.

When the old stone church next door was sold in 2003, our new neighbour installed an Airstream trailer to live in during renovations. And so began my love affair with a travel trailer. This vintage icon appears to be an Airstream International Sovereign Land Yacht built in the early 1970s.

In the beginning, the Airstream was parked in the open churchyard. There it mirrored the blues of the sky and the greens of the grass throughout the long summer days. Later in September, as the days grew shorter, the trailer was moved into the trees behind the church where it reflected the reds and golds of autumn, the sparkling whites of winter, and the tender yellow-greens of spring.

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