In tribute to the first attempts at flight, such as those by Abbas Ibn Firnas, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Wright Brothers, The Flying Machine by Ali Cherri revisits these visionaries' dreams. The hybrid machine imitates bird flight, combining elements that transcend the contradiction between nature and culture. The bamboo was a living organism, which was turned into a building material. The crow's wing was a living organ, which is now nailed to the ground.
Positioned in one of the gardens of the Ideal Palace, it can be seen by ascending the viewpoint designed by Postman Cheval: the Ideal Palace stands on one side while the flying machine is on the other, like two sides of a dream.


  • Title: Flying Machine
  • Creator: Ali Cherri
  • Date Created: 2017
  • Physical Dimensions: 700 x 200 x 270 cm
  • Provenance: Galerie Imane Farrès, Paris
  • Subject Keywords: bird, feather, da vinci, nature
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Installation, ailes de corbeaux en taxidermie cloutées sur des tiges de bambou, bois, cordes

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