Sculpture that Flies - Design Bureau

Sculpture that Flies

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

By John Dugan

Based around the idea of the tetra kites of Alexander Graham Bell, Little Shining Man (by Heather & Ivan Morison and Queen + Crawford) is a sculpture made of colliding cubes that take their form from the mineral Pyrite. Its two wings look like a heavy mass, but because of its lightweight carbon fiber and Cuben fiber construction (borrowed from racing yacht sails), it can take off. It is comprised of 23,000 components, entirely assembled by hand. The kite flown in the video above is one of an arrangement of three that come together to create a final piece that is flown once a year in St. Aubin's Bay, Jersey, England.

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