Did You Fly on Concorde ?
I was not that fortunate. I was too young and then I was too broke. If anyone is reading this and you can get me up close and personal with this intrepid beauty, a personal tour ... (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) would be very, very nice.
So what is the second (or third) best thing? Get access to Concorde engineering and do something with it.
The first piece I acquired was a precision engineered flange from a Rolls-Royce Olympus turbo jet engine 593-610 off a British Airways Concorde.
I wanted to incorporate stylised delta wings and vortices for the Concorde Flange as the picture below shows. (Image source: aerosociety.com)
The image depicts Concorde landing, with condensation showing on its leading-edge vortices.
From images to sketches, to substrate templates, an idea, a design, a concept had been born. Huge thanks to my brother-in-law for somehow managing to hold the Flange and keep three, very wobbly templates together long enough for me to take this picture.
You know, it's times like these, you wish you were an octopus!
The best part of a month flew by and then it was finally complete. From concept to finished art. It's a table, it's a sculpture, it's functional art.