Flying School Automaton

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Photography courtesy of SolwayJones, Los Angeles (this page) and Diane Landry (opposite)

Technology-loving artist Diane Landry discusses her background, her inspiration, and how kids respond to kinetic sculpture.

By Annie Buckley

Walking into Diane Landry’s installation Ecole d’aviation (Flying School) is like stumbling upon a magical garden. Dancing umbrellas take the place of flowers, the vibe is eternally moonlit, and a beautiful medley of mechanized harmonica parts fills the air like mystical birdsongs.

For the past 20 years, Landry has used various kinds of technology to transform everyday objects into her uniquely ...

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