Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Box Kite, after Lawrence Hargrave, 1993


MATERIALS: Kite made after pre-existing original, photograph, camera, alarm clock triggering device, and spool with line 

    Between 1993 and 1994 I re-built kites that were used in the early 20th century to prototype flying machines.  I limited myself to inventors that failed to invent the airplane but managed to make heavier than air flights.

    Each of my remakes was equipped with a camera.  During flight, the camera took a picture of the tether leading back to my hands.  The resulting photographs document the ability of these objects to fly, as well as my performance.