Gyro 2000, Santa Fe, NM USA:
First Flight Video
award winning Ikenga line of Autogyro's were conceived and
developed by David Gittens in the 1980s as kit assembled
aircraft. The objective was to market these aircraft for
utility applications in the United States and also for applications
in Third World countries,. They were also targeted to the
sports recreation market in the US, Japan, and Europe
Motorcars, London, England:
Ikenga design group highlighted David Gittens concept,
design, and prototype development of experimental high performance
GT motorcars, micro-sized inner-city vehicles, and single
seat transporters powered by gas and electric motors. All
were test beds for electronic and mechanical innovation;
some of which preceeded the conventional auto industry by
Bird Paramotor, Santa Fe USA:
Entry level minimal structure low speed aircraft designed
as minimal cost, easy to assemble sports and recreation
vehicles. This aircraft can be transported on the roof of
a automobile, utilizes a parasail as its wing, and is powered
by a 35hp two-stroke engine.
Acrylic products and furniture design. The centerpeice of
this program were a voice actuated and electronically driven
robotic furniture modules that responded to the voice; each
module carrying different computer hardware at a time in the
1960s when computers were cumbersome. The prototype for this
series was featured in the Dr. Who television series as the
desk of the main character..
foot Catamaran: USA
from the State of California to design kit-built playtoy modules
and storage units for Mendocino county preschools and elementary
marine ply and composite prototype catamarin, was powered
by a 50hp outboard motor. It was designed and built in Mendocino,
California in the mid-1970s. Measuring twenty three feet in
length with a twelve foot beam, it featured a nine by twelve
foot cabin, outdoor deck, and F-104 wing tanks for flotation.
Conceived, designed and built to be marketed as a kit assembled
houseboat using recycled materials, the project was completed
with support from the US Navy Almeda California Air Station
staff and the staff of both Mendocino High School, Mendocino
Middle School, and local businesses.
concept, ideation, and design of this two person, side by
side, Autogyro was commissioned by a Korean multinational
for assembly in Asia. To
be powered by a Arrow or Hirth aircooled engine, the aircraft
featured a prerotator for jump takeoff. Naran Hak was targeted
towards worldwide distribution and sales as
a kit built aircraft.
Mendocino, CA USA:
Living above the Earth, Solarwind is
a proof-of-concept design probe for a minimal structure, Suzuki
powered, semi-rigid dirigible visioned as a flying and living
environment. It was to be constructed and tested in Mendocino,
California. The aircraft featured a twelve-foot diameter living
space . . . fondly refered to as a yogi nest.
Albuquerque, NM USA:
and development of a minimal structure, friction drive, hand
portable inner city vehicle. The
Scootboard project featured both petrol and electric vehicles
and the prototypes were debuted at the 1984 International
Bike Show at New York's Coliseum.
Design and development of twenty-two and twenty-three
stringed fretless guitars that are inspired by the Sarode,
an Afgani and Northern Indian instrument made popular in the
west by maestro Ali Akbar Khan. The
Talisman CD is my first recording of this instrument which
you can hear on this link:
Manatee is a proof of concept minimal
structure gas and electric trike designed for short range
and inner city commuting. New
technology, the compressed air motor and 250mpg gas engines
as power sources, offer great breakthroughs. I am seeking
R&D start-up investment for prototype development.
NY and NM, USA:
and manufacturing of hand-portable gas and electric motorized
scooters as an alternative for inner city commuting. Created
as a transportation solution to the 1980 NYC transit strike,
and manufactured in Santa Fe, NM, Scootboard was featured
in a March 26, 1984 issue of The New Yorker magazine titled
"On The Street."
Furniture, NM, USA:
and Design: A series of unique automobile styled children's
furniture created for national distribution by an Albequerque,
New Mexico based manufacturing group. The
series featured the re-creation of popular American cars
as beds, night tables, and bureaus; models and styles were
created for boys and girls.
New York - London - Milan
studio servicing clients in the United States, England and
Europe including Celanese, The British Milk Board, BOAC, Marks
& Spencer Group, Vauxhall Automobile Company, BMC Automobile
Group, Trivera, Austin Reed, Vogue Magazine, Elle Magazine,
Women's Own, Revlon, Westminister Bank, ICI Fibers, British
Eagle, Car & Driver, General Electric Corp., London Times
Publication, Jaguar Automobile Group, and Ford Motor Company.
Water colors and pen and ink original
art and limited editions. These powerful and insightful visuals,
a journey into the world of visionary and inspirational art,
open the heart and mind to the wonder of the mystical realm
and other dimensions of the psyche.
Advertising, graphics, and illustration for a wide array of
clients including the Interpublic Group, J. Walter Thompson,
Grey Advertising, The New York Visitor and Convention Bureau,
The Long Walk, International Women's Day, Sumitomo Heavy Industries,
and Ford Motor Corp, UK. Commissions
includes graphic design and illustrations for books, magazines,
poster art, CD art, and concept ideation and development for
film and digital video projects.
Servicing businesses requiring renewed, and visually impactful
corporate image, logo design, ad campaigns, television spots,
and PSA's. Working
with a creative team that includes art, copy writing, and
marketing specialists assures success in the targeted market.
Consulting, ideation, design and development
of websites and online marketing assistance. As the publication
has connected us with many talented
designers and, IT professionals, we are able to bring together
an impressive team to develop beautiful and impactful web
marketing tools for you and your project(s).
concept for our Internet magazine is an outgrowth of Sarasota
2K, a two-day millennium presentation on December 30th / 31st.,
1999 at Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota, Florida.
publication reflects my vision and intention to launch a community
based educational website with a focus on networking as a
service to people of all ages; in many cultures, and with
topics of importance on a wide variety of subjects.
concept was launched in 2000 by David Gittens, with Linda
Maree as editor and David Grace as website consultant. It
has been sustained over the years by volunteers and through
financial and equipment donations by many in the community.
With the changes in website technology
since its inception dwij.orgis now due for a facelift.
ideation, design and production laision with clients who include
recording artists, musicians, and sound studios.
Depending on reqirements these projects have been simply conceptual
in nature with the support of the finest CD manufacturing
groups for follow-up through production, audio engeering,
printing and CD delivery.
May my life be fed
By my heart's
image for gallery
An art/peace project featuring drawings
and wisdom-words of over three thousand Sarasota, Florida
students. This project is now being used by educators around
the world and can be downloaded into the classroom, community
center, or home.
Commission to design and build the NY General Assembly stage
set for the United Nations 50th anniversary celebration.
2K, Sarasota, FL:
design and production of a two-day community healing arts,
visual arts, and performance arts festival in Sarasota, Florida;
elebrating the millennium from a viewpoint of peacemaking,
theater, ritual and ceremony.
Designer and facilitator of an Interactive invention and
creativity seminar for Walker Grant Middle School students.p
resented by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study
of Invention and Innvation at the Garber Facility in Maryland.
of the Lemelson program
Concept, designing, scoring and production of the Gift of
Spring Easter performance presentation in New York City.
Concept, design, development and construction of a solar heated
community shower system in Santa Catarina Palopo, a Mayan
village on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, CA.
Design and construction, with Dan Cormany
of the Ringling College of Art, a road-portable "Ropes
Course" to benefit youngsters in the Sarasota community.
Designer, producer, of the Marie Selby
Garden's Winter Solstice presentation feature at their Lights
in Bloom Christmas holiday celebration.
The Giving Tree:
Concept, design and production of a two day community arts,
performance, and healing arts festival. Albuquerque, NM.
Design and implementation of a fund raising project for Mayan
schools in Chubruna Puerto, Mexico. Project funded by the
Government of Yucatan.
of Noetic Sciences:
Concept, design, presentation, and facilitator
of creativity workshops for this organizations national conference
meditation and musical presencing with Tibetan bowls and the
debut of Dwij Veena; a 22-string fretless guitar design.
Design of Autogyro flight training and flight safety seminars
for new and seasoned gyroplane pilots. Albuquerque and Espanola,
Designer and facilitator of a hands-on creativity exploration
workshop for middle school teachers at the Smithsonian National
Museum of American History in Washington, DC
Research Project: Discovering the benefits and effects of
drumming and rhythm on seniors and advanced Alzheimer's patients.
Design and production of a multi-cultural
arts and entertainment autumn equinox presentation. Highlighting
the talents of students and seniors, this event was presented
at the Players Theatre and featured a concert by North Indian
guitar master Debashish Bhattacharya. Sarasota, FL.
Creation, design, organization and presentation
of a three-day Seamen Institute's Christmas holiday crafts
and performance arts festival. Manhattan, NY
Member of steering committee that introduced
and facilitated R. Buckminster Fuller's World Game to the
Santa Fe, NM community.
Florida Global March for Obama/Biden:
Designer and coordinator of promotionals and advertising for
the project, and steering committee member.
Fe Children's Museum:
design, planning, and construction of the Kinetic Sculpture
Donors Mural for the Santa Fe, New Mexico Children's Museum.
A feature of the installation was motorized, time phased,
Redesigning this newspapers supplement. The creation of
a feature segment and article on playground development
and its projected impact on Bahamian school children in
Playground design/construction for an alternative school
in Albion, CA. Funded in part by the Georgia Pacific Corporation.
& Voices of Hope:
Steering committe member and musical
presenter at the IVH presentation at the Van Wezel Performing
Arts Center, Sarasota, FL.
I Am Center:
Designer and coordinator of Talisman, an autumn equinox concert
featuring instrumentals, poetry, and vocals. Sarasota, FL.
An improvisational salon presentation bringing together five
musicians from diverst musical backgrounds.
Sponsored by New College of Florida
World Music House - Grant:
in Residence: South Korean presentation of music and the introduction
of the "Only Hearts" Art/Peace project to students
in Chungju, South Korea.
- Ikenga MK I, a first auto design collaboration between
designer David Gittens and renoun coachbuilder Charlie Williams,
was built on a MaLaren MK l chassis powered by a Rover Buick
Ikenga MK ll
Video of Ikenga MK II
- Ikenga MK II was featured in a film produced and directed
by Mike Margets and Malcolm Hart and was the Car and Driver
cover story of April 1969. Designed by David Gittens and constructed
by Charles Williams, the MK II vehicle was featured in The
London Times Magazine and was debuted in a special exhibit
at Harrod's of London in sync with the British Auto Show at
Video of Ikenga MK III
Getty Images 1978
UK Ikenga retrospective
MK III GT motorcar was debuted in a feature
program on future concepts in motorcars in October 1969 on
BBC's Tomorrow's World television program.
- November introduction of the McLaren based Ikenga MK III
GT motorcar to European entusiasts at the Italian International
Motor Show in Turin, Italy
- Ikenga MK III - Featured automobile design at the Pico Troberg
Swedish International Motor Show, Stockholm, Sweden.
Collection: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- Debut: Grand Champion Rotorcraft trophy at the 1988 Albuquerque
International Air Show in Albuquerque, New Meico.
- Best New Design in Rotorcraft trophy presented at the PRA
International Rotorcraft Convention in Middletown, Ohio
- Reserve Grand Champion Rotorcraft trophy presented at the
Experimental Aircraft Associations Osh Kosh, 1988 International
Air Convention. Osh Kosh, WI.
Ikenga Cygnus 21T
- Grand Champion Rotorcraft plaque awarded to Cygnus 21T at
the Albuquerque International Air Show, New Mexico.
Ikenga Cygnus 21TX
1990 - Grand Champion Rotorcraft plaque awarded Cygnus 21TX
at the Albuquerque International Air Show, New Mexico.
in Japan: The Ikenga Cygnus 21P1 autogiro was commissioned
and built for Sumitomo Heavy Industries as a recreational
kit-built aircraft. It was unveiled at the Sky Sports Japan
Airshow in Ikegawa, Japan, early November 1989.
Ikenga Cygnus 21P2
Permanent exhibit at the G-WIZ Sciene and Tehnology Museum
in Sarasota, Florida since 2004, Cygnus 21P2 is the second
of two autogiros to be commissioned by Sumitomo Heavy Industries
Making Dreams Real: A hands-on experential
creativity workshop presentation and lecture given to the
researchers at the Mitsui Advanced Technology Center in Chiba,
Ikenga MK lll
based, 170mph GT. Permanent Collection of Manx Automotive
Museum in England. Featured at the 1969 Turin International
Motor Show and in 1970 at the Swedish International Motor
Show in Stockholm.
Exhibit: Ikenga 530Z
Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian National
Air and Space Museum. Washington, DC. Winner of many awards
including; the 1980 Reserve Grand Champion at the Osh Kosh
International Air convention, Best New Design in Rotary Wing
Aircraft award at the PRA International Convention, and Grand
Champion Rotorcraft at the Albuquerque International Air Show.
Dynamic Oscillating Gizmo
(DOG): Codesigner and team member. Winner of Santa Fe, New
Mexico's first annual Kinetic Sculpture Race.
Concept, design and construction of the Donors Mural; a permanent
exhibit of the Santa Fe Children's Museum, Santa Fe, NM.
Hand portable transportation invented during the New York
City transit strike and featured in the New Yorker Magazine,
and the Black Inventors Museum.
Manufacturing and feasibility study undertaken
with Honda and Act, Inc. of Japan for the distribution of
Scootboard's in the United States.
- Artist in Residence:
Six month residency at the Foundation Karolyi in Vence,
France. Mixed media art assemblage exibit of interective 3-D
creations based on found and recycled materials.
Recipient of the Cherokee Golden Eagle Feather for community
service. Sarasota, FL
Past consultant and illustrator for the Lemelson Center of
Invention and Innovation at Washington DC's Smithsonian Institution.
State of Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator; retired.
The Order of Melchizedek
Priest, Counselor and Wedding Officiant.
of the Aviation Pioneer plaque for contributions in the
field of rotary wing aircraft styling and development.
2003: Presenter of A
Dream to Fly; A paper on the vision and development
of the Ikenga 530Z Autogiro at the International Conference
on the Autogiro, Hofstra University, New York.