Romero Britto turns Eurocopter helicopter into a work of pop art

Eurocopter AS350 B3e Brazillian-American pop artist Romero Britto used a new Eurocopter AS350 B3e helicopter as a canvas for an eye-catching piece of art at last week’s Heli-Expo event in Las Vegas.

The idea was devised by pop art afficianado and commercial real estate executive Robert Spiegel, who purchased the helicopter to be aid his business based in Palm Beach, Florida.

“I‘ve always had an interest in the arts, particularly pop art,” said Spiegel. “I could envision exactly what I wanted on the helicopter; something vibrant, something different.”

Spiegel became friends with Britto – who also lives in Florida – and knew the artist was the right man for the job, after working for clients, including the City of Miami, Absolut Vodka, Movado, Pepsi and BMW.

“I love it,” said Spiegel. “It represents day and night; if you look at it closely, you can see the moon and the stars. It’s exactly the kind of design I wanted and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.”

The helicopter was on show between 5-7 May 2013 on the Eurocopter exhibit at Heli-Expo 2013, which was attended by over 20,000 people, making it the largest helicopter trade show and exposition in the world.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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