Art project celebrates Lindbergh’s flight

Seven Lindbergh School District schools and four Lindbergh-named schools from across the nation are celebrating the 80th anniversary of Charles A. Lindbergh’s 1927 trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris.

May 21 marks the 80th anniversary of when Lindbergh piloted the single-engine airplane “Spirit of St. Louis” more than 3,610 miles in 33 hours and 30 minutes.

The 80th Anniversary Art Project invited schools to create two- or three-dimensional art pieces capturing the essence of a quote from Lindbergh’s 1953 Pulitzer-prize winning book, “The Spirit of St. Louis.”

The quote is: “We actually live, today, in our dreams of yesterday; and, living those dreams, we dream again.”

The anniversary artwork is being exhibited at six national sites: Lambert International Airport; the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, Minn.; the Air and Space Museum, San Diego, Calif.; the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Minn.; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the Cradle of Aviation, Garden City, N.Y.

A total of 94 original works will be displayed at the exhibit sites during May, a Lindbergh School District release stated.

“This is the first joint undertaking of all Lindbergh-named schools and our district,” Superintendent Jim Sandfort stated in the news release. “We assessed the possibilities of technology to broaden the artwork’s range of observation. There will be a virtual art gallery through the Internet at, and real-time art displays around the country.”

Students who contributed artwork will receive a certificate signed by Reeve Lindbergh, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s daughter, and an 80th anniversary pencil. Participating schools will receive an 80th anniversary pin sculpted by noted St. Louis sculptor Don Wiegand, as well as a selection of Lindbergh reference books for their library.

The sponsoring organizations for the art project are the Lindbergh School District, the Wiegand Foundation Inc. and the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation.