Tom Van Sant: Jacob's Ladder Launcher

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Artist or Author: Tom Van Sant
Creation Year: 1976
Summary: Van Sant is known 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 one of the first to use the modern materials of fiberglass tube and nylon fabric in kite construction. He is known 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 was said it be climbed by a person into the sky. These are pictures of the metal launcher he built to life the kite and discs. These photos were digitized and cleaned by Christine Yuengling Niles of Los Angeles.
Type: Photo/s
Geographic: United States
Kite Type: Accessory
Significance: Art
Images (click to open in viewer):
Original photo, Tom Van Sant holding his launcher Retouched photo:  Tom Van Sant holding his launcher Tom Van Sant kite launcher Tom Van Sant kite launcher Tom Van Sant with his kite launcher Tom Van Sant launching Jacob's Ladder Tom Van Sant: Spectators watching the kite launch Tom Van Sant launching kites Tom Van Sant's kite launcher Tom Van Sant, launching Jacob's Ladder Tom Van Sant launching Jacob's Ladder