Where sculpture meets design; Heather and Ivan Morison created this cube structure that flies just like a kite. The work, Little Shining Man, is made from over 23,000 individual components that are themselves made from carbon-fibre rods, which are extremely light in nature and allow it to fly freely. The work was constructed entirely by hand and took over 16 months to complete. The pair took inspiration from the tetra kites of Alexander Graham Bell; a title cellular structural arrangement.
This work might be considered a piece of object-based performance art since it is exhibited as a sculpture that flies at the Castle Quay development in St Helier, Jersey. It therefore carries with it a sense of duration and movement. The work also carries with it an unusual anti-gravitational effect, as it appears to float in the air in spite of its weight.
‘Little Shining Man is a sculpture that has the potential for flight,’ say the artists. ‘A double wing module has been duplicated and arranged into a tight cellular structural arrangement that appears as a heavy, un-flyable mass. Utilising lightweight materials and the symmetry of the module and composition, it is able to fly freely and steadily.’