I learned the flag book structure at a workshop with Karen Hanmer at the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, OR. The accordion spine has flags, or pages, attached to opposing sides of the folds. When pulled to the fully opened position the pages strike each other, making a flapping sound much like a flag in the wind, thus its name.
This is a book I created as a gift for my son, Jim. He's always been crazy about space and aircraft and, at an early age, started making very detailed pen and ink drawings of planes and cars of his own design. I wanted to honor him for following his dream to his current employment as a mechanical engineer in the world of space and aircraft design.
During the concept process for this project, to supplement photos I had taken of my son from a trip to Florida, I went to the NASA website for images of space launches. We were there on April 12, 1981, when the first space shuttle, the Columbia, was launched. Unfortunately, the hotel desk clerk forgot to make our wake-up call, and we slept through it. So, all these years later, I found myself researching the topic and came across the fascinating story of Dr. Robert Goddard, the "father of American rocketry." I immediately felt the connection between him and how far the technology has progressed, as well as the connection to my son and his own dreams. For the book's pages, I juxtaposed Dr. Goddard's story with the timeline of the Apollo missions to the moon. When the book is in the expanded open position, Goddard's 1926 rocket design is displayed in comparison to a visualization of the Ares 1 rocket from NASA's recent, but now-inactive, Constellation program. Dr. Goddard's vision lives on.
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