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Part Engineering, Part Jewelry, Part Sculpture: Dukno Yoon’s Kinetic Wings

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From Visual News:

The mechanics of movement are explored in a series of works by Dukno Yoon, a Korean born artist who currently teaches metalsmithing and jewelry at Kansas State University. The body adornment pieces connect the kinetics of hand gestures to flying wings. Profoundly simple, the pieces celebrate the elegance of mechanics.

The work is partly a study in engineering, and partly a study of artistic insight. The sharp, metal construction directly contrasts with the soft, downy wings, yet the mechanics of each piece is rooted in the idea that “form follows function.” Each construction harnesses similar body movements differently, but all result in flapping wings.

Read more and see more wings in action.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.