Taking Flight

Michael Gard's avatar Michael Gard
    2013 9th place

"Taking Flight" is a 13 foot, lighted, winged figure, woven from recycled aluminum wire. For me, the piece is about uplifting the human spirit. Illuminated from within, she drifts above, representing our hopes, dreams, and feelings. The piece will be suspended from the ceiling at the DeVos Center. Prior to hanging the piece I floated her around Grand Rapids on a giant helium balloon. It was an extraordinary experience, and as far as I know the first such art event. Floating changes my sculptures and gives them new life. I look forward to meeting as many art lovers as possible in the coming weeks. I weave wire by first creating a sculpture in clay, then using molds to reproduce it in wax. I then hand-weave wire stitch-by-stitch around the wax form. The wax is melted away leaving a light but rigid sculpture. This piece is by far my most ambitious, representing at least 2000 hours of work. Come see her if you can, especially at night. And of course, I'd love to get your vote at 55411.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 11ft
  • Medium: Aluminum wire, LED lights
  • Width: 11ft
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 13ft