This Dichroic Glass Kite Design Channels the Colored Scales of Butterfly Wings

By: Laura McQuarrie - Oct 9, 2014
References: solutions.3m & design-milk
This unconventional kite design mimics the wings of a Blue Morpho butterfly, capturing the way the colors have a tendency to shift in the light. The kite was developed by SO-IL, as part of a request by 3M Architectural Markets to collaborate on a project to explore its range of Dichroic Glass Finishes.

The Blue Morpho butterfly's wings are able to shift colors so easily thanks to a number of microscopic scales that show off different colors based on where the light hits is. Based on the same principle, this cube kite has a number of small cells that are lined with panels that give off different rays of light, which would be incredible to see if this sculpture was suspended or flying in the air..