By Erica Sesay
A Kingston University lecturer will have his designs appear on 12 British Airways planes that will fly top athletes to and from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
Pascal Anson, a senior art and design lecturer, was one of three winners in the airline’s Great Britons competition and as winner of the arts category, his design is expected to be used on the planes for up to six years.
“They decided to surprise the three winners with a film crew – very X-Factor,” said Anson.
“I think they wanted me to cry or say ‘oh my God!’ like you see on TV. They timed it even though one of my students was in the middle of presenting her work so it was rather awkward. Since then the over-riding feeling is that of feeling creative and confident.”
British artist Tracey Emin was among the judges in the competition and will be Pascal’s mentor in this project.
Pascal said: “She was very supportive of my design at the shortlisting. I have meetings arranged with her to guide me through the process.”
Emin said: “Pascal presented a clear and concise idea that we all responded to immediately. If I saw this aircraft on the runway, I’d definitely want to be on it.”
The rest of his prize included an invitation to the British Olympic Ball as a guest of British Airways and an invitation to the BAFTAS opening ceremony where it’s being arranged to have one of his planes fly over the stadium.
The ex-Kingston University student teaches on courses such as graphic design, interior design and the university’s art and design foundation course.
He recently finished designing a chair for the charity NSPCC and is constantly working on film clips about design, all of which are on YouTube.
The planes, which will be in use from February, will also be flying guests and dignitaries to and from the games.
He said: “This design aims to change people’s perception of how you see something ordinary like an aeroplane. Once you see the planes I have designed for British Airways, you will never be able to look at a plane again in the same way ever again.”