Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts …

by Leslie Hossack

Rooted, Summer 2006

© Leslie Hossack

The iconic Airstream appeals to celebrities and regular RVers alike. Famous owners of the silver bullet include: Lance Armstrong, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. Airstream trailers have also been featured in movies such as Raising Arizona and Wall Street II, and in TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS.

Wally Byam who built the first Airstream in 1930 has achieved celebrity status in his own right. His dream was to produce a perfect trailer that would move like a stream of air. To this day, the signature shape of an Airstream trailer is recognized around the world.

The image shown above is 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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