Marie Antoinette’s Own Personal Helicopter…Sort Of

If Marie Antoinette was alive today, what do you think her helicopter would look like? Seriously, think about it for a minute. It would be the girliest thing you ever did see.

A question you never thought would ever cross your mind – if Marie Antoinette had a helicopter, would it look like your regular run-of-the-mill helicopter or would it me something extraordinary, much like Marie herself? Yea, you have officially been stumped.

Rather than scratching your head, trying to come up with some crazy rendition, take a peek below.

In an eighteenth century where royals rode high and in style, Marie Antoinette’s helicopter would be the crème de-la crème. Covered in huge, billowing pink feathers and gems, Lilicoptère is a simply a beautiful bauble fit for the woman who once said, “Let them eat cake.” While this helicopter may never gain liftoff from the ground, it is definitely fun to look at, especially as a piece of ‘retrofuturism.’

Created by Joana Vasconcelos, Lilicoptère is currently on display at the Palace of Versailles along with her other works of art. Her sculptures, like Lilicoptère provide a unique look at a blend of eighteenth century Versailles aesthetics and modern technology. Lilicoptère, especially, invokes the known excess of the ancient regime.

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