Dragonfly

  • 24x30 [with wooden frame]

The greatest basis for new shapes and structures is the fairy-tale richness of nature. From measly seaweed to imposing canopy, from budding blossom bud to half-wilted orchid, there is a lively play of lines in everything. The animal kingdom also has its place in this with the statelyness of the peacock and the slenderness of the dragonfly. This flying insect stands for playfulness and change, but also for happiness, prosperity and harmony and is also seen as a symbol of purity or refining, power, wisdom and peace.

For most insects, the front wings and the rear wings work in tandem. During the flight, the front and rear wings remain locked together and they move up and down simultaneously. The wings of dragonflies are not connected to each other. This allows the four wings to be controlled independently of each other and the dragonfly to perform remarkable arts, such as standing still in the air, ascending vertically and even flying backwards. Dragonflies can reach speeds of up to 50 km per hour, which makes them the fastest flying insects. The wings have a network of veins. The front edge of the wings is bent and acts as a sort of spoiler. This ensures that the air is released from the wing surface, creating lift. At the front edge of the wings there is also a colored spot, the pterostigma, close to the wing tip. This node is heavier than the surrounding areas and that is also important for flying. Without this pterostigma, self-generated vibrations that occur at a certain critical speed would make floating impossible. Tests show that, although the percentage on the total weight of the dragonfly is only 0.1%, this pterostigma increases the critical hovering speed by 10-25% for a certain type of dragonfly.