Hundreds and hundreds of airplanes on transatlantic journeys fly over us daily here in Maine. Hundreds and hundreds of airplanes cut from pink paper scrapped by Moss Inc. will inhabit the huge high-ceilinged space of Perimeter Gallery in a new installation by Belfast artist Freddy Lafage, titled “Flyby,” which delves into the scale of humanity’s infrastructure.

“Flyby” will open Thursday, Feb. 18 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. It will run through April 11. Perimeter Gallery is located at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St.

Lafage, who previously had several shows of paintings at Perimeter Gallery, said the scale of humanity and its impact are elusive things motivated him to create an installation.

“We live within its infrastructure yet we only witness events one at a time. We understand data that is presented to us, yet it remains difficult to comprehend the scale at which we operate collectively,” he said.

While the piece raises questions about the impact of the sheer volume of things we do collectively but as individuals execute mindlessly, like travel, it evolved from the sort of wonder that might occur lying in the grass looking up at silver glints silently traversing the sky. The result is a duality: though playful in its construction, it is thought-provoking in its intent.

Hours at Chase’s Daily are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant and gallery will be closed March 23 through April 5.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to