Heather Peak was born in Desborough, UK in 1973. Ivan Morison was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1974. They currently live and work in Brighton and North Wales. Between them, they’ve amassed an amazing collection of visual pieces, but the focus today: Little Shining Man.
Based around the tetra kites designed by Alexander Graham Bell, Little Shining Man is both a sculpture and a kite – with the potential for flight! Arranged in cubic formations similar to the mineral pyrite, the structure looks as though it would be unable to fly, which makes the whole event even more spectacular to behold.
Utilising lightweight material, it is able to fly freely and steadily in the breeze, much in the same way a standard kite does.
The kite flown in the images is one section of three that comes together to create the complete sculpture. Once a year, in St. Aubin’s Bay, it is taken apart and flown.
“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.”
Over 23,000 individual components make up the complete structure, all of which were entirely assembled by hand – from design through to delivery. It took more than 16 months of work to complete, but – in our opinion – was worth every minute. This truly is a unique and special sight to behold for all.