“Little Shining Man” is kite conceived by Heather and Ivan Morison, designed by Sash Reading, engineered and fabricated by Queen & Crawford. It features 1700 3d printed connectors, carbon fibre rods and cubenfibre aerospace fabric. It just looks beautiful.
Made from over 23,000 individual components, the Little Shining Man kite comprises carbon-fibre rods, a hand-made composite fabric normally used for yacht sails and specially designed, rapid-prototyped nylon connectors.
Three of the structures will hang in the atrium of a development by client Dandara in Jersey and be taken down once a year to fly in the local bay.
The design of the structure is based around the tetra kites of Alexander Graham Bell. A double wing module has been duplicated and arranged into a tight cellular structural arrangement that appears as a heavy, un-flyable cubic 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. It will be hung as an installation for Dandara’s new Castle Quay development in St. Helier, Jersey, where it will be permanently displayed in the atrium as a piece of sculpture – a sculpture that is intended to fly. Once a year it will be taken down from its spot in the building and 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 etherial sense of depth and refraction that gives the heavy mass the lightest touch.