Wright Brothers Memorial, NC
Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC
Original Artwork by Michael F. Combs
On December 17, 2003 Orville and Wilbur Wright changed history forever by proving that man can fly. This successful effort occurred after over a thousand test flights in gliders over a period of several years. The Wright Brothers built their own engine and developed their wing design and controls through the use of a wind tunnel.
This Original Painting has an impressionist style and uses digital oil paints and ink. The scene is of the life sized sculpture by Stephen Smith that was dedicated in 2003. This shows the view from just over the shoulder of John Daniels who took the now famous photograph. In addition to adding the unique sky and style, Michael sketched lines in digital ink over the sculpture to symbolize the “concept to success” from which all ideas are born.
As an historical note, the original photo was taken approximately an hour prior to Michael’s departure from the memorial runway in Hope One. On the prior morning, he experienced a flat tire while landing here, and explored this sculpture while awaiting the arrival of a mechanic with a new tire and wheel.
This 5"X7" piece of art is printed individually on high quality glossy photo paper in a process that is overseen by Michael personally to assure that the color and quality meets his own artistic standards. It is hand signed, then mounted in an 8”X10” matte that can then be framed and proudly displayed. (Note: Matte Color may not match the photo displayed). The title of the piece is hand written on the matte with a fine point pen giving it a personal touch that is perfect for giving or keeping for a lifetime.