The Paper Spitfire
Engineering Meets Art – The Paper Spitfire
Suhail Shaikh, 2014
This sculpture of the Supermarine Spitfire is made entirely out of paper, cut and glued by hand. The artist has left the frame exposed. Inspired by engineering drawings, it reveals the Spitfire’s intricate construction. The aeroplane is presented free of national markings or weapons, to represent the human spirit as a whole, beyond nationality, borders and conflict.
In 2018, apprentices at KMF Precision Sheet Metal Ltd worked with the artist to build ‘Vera’ – a life size version of this sculpture.
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