Tom Van Sant

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Van Sant is reknowned for his design of large-scale kites.  His flying sculptures have been flown and exhibited at a dozen museums in the United States and Europe. 
 
He was the first to use the modern materials of fiberglass tube and nylon fabric in kite construction.  As such, he is recognized in the kite world as the Father of Modern Kite Making
 
"Jacob's Ladder" was first exhibited in 1976 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London.  It consists of 200 segments, lifts up to 2000 pounds, measures 1/4 of a mile in length, and can be climbed by a person into the sky.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Click an image to see it at a larger size.

Kites/Jacobs_Ladder_150.jpg
Kites/3Jacobs_Ladder_300.jpg

Kites/2Jacobs_Ladder_launch.jpg

 

Kites/drawing_Centipede.jpg

   
   

Kites/1ICA_exhibit_London.jpg

     
     
     

 
     

Kites/8Checker_Delta.jpg

Kites/drawing_Delta.jpg

Kites/7Fire_Delta.jpg

     
     

Kites/Ghost_kite.jpg

Kites/Clown_drawing.jpg

   

       
       
       

Kites/6Indian_Summer.jpg

Kites/Trampoline_drawing.jpg

   

Kites/Jet_Kite.jpg

Kites/Concorde_drawing.jpg

   

   
     

     
     
     

Kites/Trampoline_bird.jpg

   
     
     

 

Kites/Trampoline_train.jpg

Kites/Trampoline_drawing.jpg

     
     

Kites/5Trampoline_Train.jpg