Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Michigan Artist Flying High With Cardboard Copter

FERNDALE, Mich. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Michigan artist is no longer flying under the radar thanks to a full-scale Bell 47 helicopter she built entirely out of corrugated cardboard.

Shannon Goff says the cardboard copter, which is currently being displayed out at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan, took six weeks, nearly 115 sheets of 4-by-8-feet cardboard, couple of bottles of wood glue and dozens of liquid nails to complete.

Goff meticulously cut the cardboard sheets with jig and cut saws and jokes that she’s “very surprised” she didn’t cut off a finger or arm.

Initially, Goff had “no idea” how she was going to complete the massive project when she first started, but knew “it would be a huge challenge.”

She figures the $8000 copter piece, which includes an instrument panel, will sell very soon because, as she puts it, “the more ridiculous something is, it seems the more people are going to want it.”

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