Monday, December 6, 2010

Body Flight

Body Flight
Plastic protectors from various sport uniforms, aluminum, Plexiglas, ventilator, plywood, light bulbs
Because of the low ceiling height I decided to have one of the sculptures hovering over a giant air van like in Indoor skydiving, a popular training tool for skydivers. Vertical wind tunnels enable human beings to fly in air without planes or parachutes, through the force of wind being generated vertically. Wind moves upwards at approximately 195 km/h (120 mph or 55 m/s), the terminal velocity of a falling human body belly-downwards.
The round corpus is made of plywood covered with a semitransparent Plexiglas plate.
One can see the shadows of a rotating propeller that is caste by a strong light source underneath.
The Van component has a diameter of 2600 cm and had to be 60 cm high to fit the mechanical and electronically elements. The Airflow was simulated by the rotating shadows of the wing blades. The sculpture was hanging apex. 200 cm above the surface by steel wires. The work was shown at the Sara Hilden Art Museum in Tampere.

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