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In this original and thoughtful examination Jyrki Siukonen offers stunning glimpses into the history of art and flying machines. Mankind's perennial dream of flight has found its expression in numerous ingenious contraptions failing to fly. Siukonen studies some of the finest examples, such as Clement Ader's steam-powered Avion III, the gold medal winner of the 1900 Universal Exhibition. The book differs from previous discussions of the machine aesthetics in looking at the material from an artistic rather than historical artistic perspective. The result is a fascinating and moving study, welcomed by all readers interested in byways of art and aeronautics.
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