Look! Shuttlecock Light

Look! Shuttlecock Light

Jeanine Brennan
Jun 17, 2008

We bought a box of shuttlecocks at a yard sale this weekend. They reminded us of Gitta Gschwendtner's shuttlecock light that we had seen last year on hautenature. We love it because its like a freeze-frame from a shuttlecock explosion. And because we love taking ordinary things and turning them into extraordinary things. Not to mention that when we talk about it, we get to use the word shuttlecock a lot....

I don't know about you all, but the badminton birdies we used in high school gym class were made out of nylon. We haven't played since, so it was amazing to buy this box of shuttlecocks made out of real goosefeathers. The guy at the yard sale told us that the goosefeather shuttlecocks are called "feathers" by badminton players. According to him, feather birdies fly faster off of the initial impact of the racket than "plastics", and slow down more at the end.

We weren't exactly sure WHAT we were going to do with these when we bought them, although now we'll keep a few to play some games. In the meantime we have this big box of goose feather shuttlecocks. We're thinking of stringing them up with fairy lights on the back deck. Any other ideas?

-Jeanine Brennan

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