Flight of the Cubic Kite
January 3, 2012
“Three Cubes Colliding” is an immense cubic kite made of carbon fiber rods and aerospace fabric and held together with 1,700 3D-printed connectors. The experimental kite, designed by Sash Reading and Ivan Morrison, openly defies preconceived notions of the physics of flight: its cubic shape stands opposite the streamlined bodies of modern aircrafts, like a block of marble yet to be carved into a smooth sculpture. Its visibly dense make-up also counters notions of the inflated object, which hinges on a gas-filled hollow interior to levitate. More after the jump!
The image of the kite hovering over a beach in Jersey recalls the surrealist tableaus of Giorgio de Chirico or a Bauhaus-era collage; its pristine, abstract form contrasts sharply with any natural environment, as if it were designated to orbit freely in outer space rather than exist within our gravity-observing atmosphere.