Here’s a paper plane to put all other paper planes to shame. This miniature model of a Boeing 777 (an Air India 777-300ER, to be specific) is the obsessively-awesomely-detailed work of Luca Iaconi-Stewart, who has been working on the project for 5 years using… wait for it… nothing but manila folders and dabs of glue. But look closely, it may be made of paper, but this jetliner is nearly as complicated as the real thing. The doors open and close on paper hinges, the landing gear retracts up into the fuselage. It’s astonishing.
The idea for the project grew out of his love of airplanes—and the “massing models” he made from manila paper in a high school architecture class. Soon after he found a super-detailed diagram online of an Air India 777-300ER, Iaconi-Stewart was drawing forms in Adobe Illustrator, printing them on manila, and wielding his X-Acto knife. “There’s something rewarding about being able to replicate a part in such an unconventional medium,” he says.
5 years may sound like a fairly long time to spend on a single project, but to give you an even better idea of the painstaking amount of effort and attention to detail involved, consider that Iaconi-Stewart spent an entire summer simply creating the plane’s seating sections: “20 minutes for an economy seat, four to six hours for business class, and eight hours for first class.”
He designed the engines in about a month and assembled them in four. The tail he rebuilt three times. When his classes at Vassar took up too much time—he actually stopped work on the 777 for two years because of college—Iaconi-Stewart dropped out. “I’m fortunate to have parents willing to give me a fair amount of latitude,” he says. They’re going to have to give a little more: When this project is finished, probably early this year, he might start building an even bigger model.
Gregory Colbertborn 1960 in Toronto, is a Canadian filmmaker and photographer best known as the creator of Ashes and Snow, an exhibition of photographic artworks and films housed in the Nomadic Museum.
Colbert sees himself as an apprentice to nature. His works are collaborations between humans and other species that express the poetic sensibilities and imaginations of human and animals. His images offer an inclusive non-hierarchical vision of the natural world, one that depicts an interdependence and symmetry between humanity and the rest of life.
In describing his vision, Colbert has said
I would define what I do as storytelling…what’s interesting is to have an expression in an orchestra—and I’m just one musician in the orchestra. Unfortunately, as a species we’ve turned our back to the orchestra. I’m all about opening up the orchestra, not just to other humans, but to other species
Colbert raised on a six-nation Indian reservation. The totem art he grew up with featured animal and human faces. “By age eight or nine, Colbert says, “most kids transition out of curiosity about animals and into viewing them as something different or even dangerous. I simply never chose to cross that bridge.” As a result, he never distanced himself from them. His art can be seen as a poetic field study on the glory of nature and the problem with materialism. Ashes and Snow has no final destination. Gregory Colbert intends to spend the rest of his life providing a voice for animals and crusading to clean up the environment they share with us. (Written by: Ben Bamsey)