The Weird World of Folk Aviators
With his whimsical sculptures, Gregory Bryant celebrates early ideas about winged flight.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- Air & Space magazine, May 2012
Eric Long, NASM
"Part of the intrigue for me in this work," says Bryant, "is that there is so little available information about these inventors—in many cases, I am working from a single citation, sometimes nothing more than a short verbal description in an old newspaper. And part of my goal in creating these pieces is to raise the profile of the subject of folk aviation—the more attention it gets, the more information will surface, we can hope." This piece is based on a May 15, 1877 patent filed by Frank Barnett.
Made of cardboard, paper, tempera paint.