Upcycling Project Aesthetic – Articulated Wings

I have been always inspired from the nature. Nature has this perfect blend of art and science, which has evolved since the Big Bang, i.e., birth of universe (At least that’s what we human think as of now) to this great optimized design after multiple iterations just like any other design process. Humanity’s great designers, scientists, engineers  has always looked towards nature’s wonder to try to take inspirations for their creations.

I was attracted towards human-flight and been curious as how humanity has this constant urge and  dreamt of flying since the era of Daedalus and Icarus tale to Wright Brothers – the evolution of human ideas & their design philosophies to approach this obsession.

Given all this, I decided to try to build human size articulated wings to capture imagination of our ancestors who studies birds motion and tried to replicate it for humans. Although, I wanted to create much more advanced version of that making use of my engineering skills, but I will try to limit here & capture the artistic side of that idea by using recyclables, wood, PVC pipes, clothes, etc.

Main Inspiration for this work mostly would be – Daedalus and Icarus Tale, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Flying Machine.


References –

  1. https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/extraordinary-journey-history-leonardo-da-vincis-codex-flight-birds
  2. https://www.onverticality.com/blog/leonardo-da-vinci-and-human-flight
  3. https://www.comicartfans.com
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  • Colin Neeson
    March 14, 2023 2:32 pm

    Love this idea, remind the story of icarus well. Just curious how the articulation aspect will work? Will you be able to store them behind your back or fold them up? Excellent idea and looks like an amazing project.

  • The idea to make articulated wings is awesome, and I especially love the idea to incorporate clothes. It seems like a good idea to choose in advance whether to focus on the aesthetic side or the engineering side, so I’m glad you’ve considered this already. This project is going to lend itself to some wonderful photos and documentation!

    • Hey Bekah,
      It’s nice to see someone like the idea, let’s see how this turns out to be.
      Stay tuned for updates! 🙂


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