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Little Shining Man by Heather and Ivan Morrison

Part kite, part sculpture. Inspired by iconic tetra kites of Alexander Graham Bell and exhibited in Jersey.

This kite has an impression of being designed as a solid cube – an un-flyable mass with a deceptive sense of mass to it. In reality, however, it is handcrafted out of ultra-lightweight materials with its visual composition characterized by symmetry of its modular components.

The kite was intended to be a piece of sculpture, commissioned by Dandra, and designed by Heather and Ivan Morrison, in collaboration with an architectural designer Sash Reading.

Made out of three separate elements, it will be displayed in the atrium of Dandara’s new Castle Quay development in St. Helier, Jersey and once a year will be flown along the beach.

Little Shining Man from Jimandtonic

More than 23,000 individual components make up the kite’s structure. It was assembled by hand, taking 16 months to complete, employing Cuben fibre, a handmade composite fabric used primarily in the design of racing yacht sails.

The kite is light enough to fly yet so robust that it is also able to return to earth without sustaining damage. In late 1890s Alexander Graham Bell experimented with tetrahedral box kites and designed ‘wings’ constructed of multiple compounds, covered in silk. Over a century on Heather and Ivan Morrison have realised some of that ambition with this beautiful project.



…But in reality it is made out of 23,000 individual componenets

Fact File

Ivan Morison 
Design/technical consultation:
Sash Reading
Component/structure design + fabrication:
Queen + Crawford                        
Design Documentation + visualization:
Emily Thurlow 
Video production/editing:

Matt Porteous                                                                              
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