Updated on 13th May 2021
A temporary artwork in Coronation Park by Vishal Joshi on 1st & 2nd May 2021
The Paper Planes project was a chance to explore the thoughts, feelings, people, and places that make us hopeful.
In April 2021 we asked residents of Corby to share messages of hope through decorated Paper Planes in windows. The project aimed to create colourful and bright journeys through different areas of Corby, where passers-by can be inspired and cheered up by words of solidarity and optimism.
As part of the project, on the weekend of 1st and 2nd May, artist Vishal Joshi created a large temporary Paper Plane sculpture as a reminder of our ability to lift up and move forward. Alongside the giant 3-metre Paper Plane sculpture Vishal placed 50 smaller paper planes, each handwritten with a message submitted by a member of the Corby community.
View photos of the Paper Planes artwork
#PaperPlanesCorby @MadeWithMany_ @HelWillmott @TimMorton2 @kategroundwork Really enjoyed my visit to the fabulous Coronation Park and chatted with the artist. Positive, optimistic and hopeful. Great A4 booklet describing the installation. #SundaySelfie pic.twitter.com/wMV67Jmslv
— KHL Big Local (@KHLbiglocal2012) May 2, 2021
Great art, some sunny weather, what more could you want for a bank holiday weekend?
ArtReach & @MadeWithMany_ are with artist Vishal Joshi ‘Paper Planes’ installation in Corby's Coronation Park & love hearing your responses to the work!#CommunityEvent #Corby #CPP #events pic.twitter.com/YXQu5xs5SM
— ArtReach (@_ArtReach) May 1, 2021
Send your own messages of hope
If you would like to send your own messages of hope, you can still download the activity pack – in this booklet you will find a short exercise to help you plan your messages, and some instructions on making a basic paper plane. There are hundreds of ways to make a paper plane so feel free to be as imaginative as you can. The messages are the important part.
Project partners and supporters
Thanks also go to
- Thomson Hayes: the team who fabricated the plane
- Shashikant Purohit at Sharp Bodyworks: for technical advice on developing the build