Boneyard helicopter 

UH-1H #67-17174 (Bell Helicopter) 

Short Huey #174

Artist Steve Maloney works on concepts for 

Take Me Home Huey sculpture 

2015

Artist Steve Maloney works on concepts for 

Take Me Home Huey sculpture 

2015

Artist Steve Maloney works on color concepts for 

Take Me Home Huey sculpture 

2015

Huey #174 base paint

2015

Steve Maloney attaches suspended helicopter parts 

interior of Take Me Home Huey Sculpture 

2015

Huey #174 inside Maloney's pop-up studio. Ready for its transformation. 

Steve Maloney attaches suspended helicopter parts

Interior of Huey #174 sculpture 

2015

Take Me Home Huey sculpture 

Wrap installation 

2015

Conceptual design for Take Me Home Huey 

Take Me Home Huey Project

“This project has touched me beyond words as I continue to absorb watch veterans interact with the sculpture as their touchstone that brings a flood of memories” –Steve Maloney 

Description

Take Me Home Huey is a multimedia project consisting of the 57-foot transformed Huey helicopter, an Emmy award-winning documentary film, a powerful song and an active social media network. The project was created with the mission to honor Vietnam Veterans and to bring awareness to post-traumatic stress.

 

Spurred by the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War and the staggering number of veterans who take their own lives, contemporary artist Steve Maloney conceptualized and created this multimedia installation. For the heart of the project Maloney transformed an authentic U.S. Army boneyard Huey helicopter, which was shot down with two casualties in 1969 during a medevac mission in Vietnam, into a traveling art sculpture to inspire conversation and promote healing. 

 

From 2014 until 2018 Steve partnered with non-profit organization Light Horse Legacy who assisted in finding a suitable aircraft and to travel it to exhibitions around the country. Light Horse Legacy (LHL) an Arizona based non-profit organization acquired, re-skinned and restored the aircraft for the artist. Their founder, Dave Barron, researched the history of Huey #174 and reunited surviving soldiers and families connected to the aircraft. After about 8 months of restoration the aircraft was delivered to the artist who then transformed the exterior and interior into an inspiring piece of art. 

 

There is no greater desire for active duty soldiers than to complete their tour of duty honorably and return home safely to their loved ones. Though every “war story” is unique and sobering, there is a common understanding to the phrase “Take Me Home Huey”.

 

Rather than rest in one exhibition space, Take Me Home Huey started to travel in 2015 as a colorful ambassador to major art and history museums, as well as significant public venues around the country to pay homage to Vietnam veterans and raise awareness of the challenges of PTSD.

 

Highlights of the Huey’s 29 major exhibitions include: when the artwork was featured with “Innovations in Flight” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, in June of 2015; on November 11, 2016, when the Huey marched up 5th Avenue in Manhattan as part of America’s Parade, the NYC Veterans Day Parade, the largest celebration of veterans in the country, and the participation in the Navy Centennial event in November 2017 and congressional and gubernatorial recognitions. 

 

After nearly three years of traveling it was time for the huey to find its final resting place. In 2019 the helicopter sculpture was donated to the Palm Springs Air Museum. 

 

For more information please visit www.takemehomehuey.org 

 

 

While In Progress

Artist Steve Malloney at work. 

The following images document the progression of the Take Me Home Huey helicopter sculpture including conceptualized drawings, behind the scene photos and interior and exterior creation of the artwork. 

Project on View

The mixedmedia sculpture Take Me Home Huey started traveling to exhibitions and events around the country in 2015 and reveiced numerous recognitions from veterans and communities. 

 

Steve Maloney with Veterans from Loma Linda VA

at Palm Springs Air Museum, 2015

Take Me Home Huey Sculpture

on exhibit in Peoria AZ 2015

Take Me Home Huey on Exhibit 

Steve Maloney with surviving crew members and LHL founder

Peoria, AZ 2015

 

Take Me Home Huey Film 

PBS SoCal Film Poster 

2016-2019

Take Me Home Huey on exhibit

Veterans and visitors at Maryland State Fairgrounds

Timonium MD 2016

Steve Maloney with veteran 

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno NV 2017

Take Me Home Huey on exhibit

Veterans and visitors at Nevada Museum of Art

Reno, NV 2017

Recognition of the Take Me Home Huey Project

by Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada 

2017

Take Me Home Huey on exhibit

Navy Centennial on Naval Air Station North Island

Coronado, CA 2017

Congressional recognition for Take Me Home Huey Project

Congressman Raul Ruiz, CA district 36

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