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Amanda Coen

3D-Printed "Little Shining Man" Kite by Heather and Ivan Morison is a Stunning Kinetic Sculpture

by , 01/17/12

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The Morison’s are known for their innovative outdoor installations, and their newest, “Little Shining Man” adds to their reputation. Inspired by Alexander Graham Bell’s tetra kites, the 3d printed design flies with few problems due to its lightweight materials and symmetry.Three cubic segments form the final piece. A fine balance of strength and weight had to be achieved so that the kite would fly but not be damaged when it returned to the ground. The team found the perfect solution by using carbon fiber rods and Cuben Fiber, a handmade composite fabric commonly used in racing yacht sails.

Queen & Crawford designed a nylon joint to connect each of the 23,000 pieces. With the help of 3TRPD, the team was able to use Rapid Prototyping technology to quickly produce and test out the design. Each piece was individually assembled by hand and took over 16 months to complete. Dandara, the firm the “Little Shining Man” now calls home, promises to take it out once a year to fly it in local St. Aubin’s Bay.

+ Heather and Ivan Morison

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Images courtesy of Matt Porteous

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