Some artists go to great lengths to capture a universal concept, and that’s exactly what Michelle Nirumandrad, the skydiving painter, does.
Nirumandrad, a self-proclaimed “art enthusiast and avid skydiver,” creates one-of-a-kind images by painting canvases strapped to her arms and legs as she freefalls from more than 13,000 feet in the air. As she descends above Skydive Spaceland Dallas, she lets the wind control the patterns the paints make on the canvases. In her words, “these paintings are a testament to the human desire to experience and take ownership of a piece of the heavens for themselves.” Her projects are aptly titled “Captured Sky.”
About eleven years ago, Nirumandrad began skydiving. She longed for some sort of keepsake from the sky. She obsessed about finding a way to bottle a cloud or color a piece of the wind so it could be caught and brought down to the ground, but none of her ideas proved feasible or functional. She had nearly given up when it finally occurred to her:
“I may not be able to color the wind, but I can give the wind something to color with.”
With her head in the clouds and paint in her hand, there’s no limit to the masterpieces Michelle can create during her freefall back down to Earth.
You can find the skydiving artist’s full story inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Beyond the Bizarre!