Little Shining Man / Heather and Ivan Morison

Flying, the sculpture kite

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一个雕塑式的风筝。超过23000 个 3D 打印连接件、碳纤维支架和光纤布料制成的风筝,Heather Morison 和 Ivan Morison 制作,Sash Reading 设计,Queen & Crawford 负责结构及材料工程。

具有严密的蜂窝式结构,做到尽可能强又尽可能轻,以实现自由稳定的飞翔。将赛艇上的复合帆面料用于此结构,完美实现了强度与重量的取舍,同时产生有深度的,空灵的视觉冲击力。赋予形体轻盈感。完全手工组装,从设计到交付超过16个月时间。

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Little Shining Man is a sculpture that has the potential for flight. The design of the structure is based around the tetra kites of Alexander Graham Bell, multiplied out into colliding cubes that take their form from the cubic formations of the mineral Pyrite.

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. The kite flown in the images is one section of an arrangement of three, that come together to create the final piece of sculpture that is taken own from display once a year to be flown in St. Aubin’s Bay.

There were several challenges in realising Little Shining Man. The structure had to be as strong and light as possible in order to fly, but had to return to earth with minimal damage so it could be installed as a piece of sculpture. Carbon fibre rod and Cuben fibre, a hand made composite fabric used primarily in racing yacht sails, achieved the perfect combination of strength and weight. The visual impact of the fabric produces an ethereal sense of depth and refraction that gives the heavy mass the lightest touch.

Queen & Crawford designed a joint system, the CKJ_01, a universal Nylon joint that would handle every connection in the composition. They work closely with 3TRPD in Newbury who are at the cutting edge of the Rapid Prototyping Industry. Printing the joints allows design, production, testing and refinement in a short time frame. The material is light and strong, perfect for this application.

More than 23,000 individual components make up the complete structure. Entirely assembled by hand; from design through to delivery more than 16 months of work. Matthew Higginbottom, Queen + Crawford, 2011

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Little Shining Man
Design date: 2011
Carbon fibre, 3D printed joint system, Cuben Fibre.
Commissioned by Dandara, Jersey
Detail design and fabrication: Queen + Crawford
Technical consultation: Sash Reading
Video production and editing: JimandTonic
Photography: Matt Porteous

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