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Nome manifestazione 1998 Fantasies In The Sky
Data 28/03/1998
Città Al Mamzar Beach Park - Dubai City
Nazione Emirati Arabi
Note
FROM March 27 to April 3, 1998, the clear blue skies over the Al Mamzar Beach Park were dotted with kites weighing anything from just a couple of grams to 250 kg! Declared the world's largest kite by the Guinness Book last year, Megabite, made in 1996 by Peter Lynn of New Zealand, could not be missed. Sixty four metres long, 22 metres wide at the head and weighing 250 kg., it exerted a pull of almost six tonnes. Shaped like the trilobite, a pre-historic life form, you could walk into this three-dimensional kite, and fly a kite inside it! This year, Megabite, made of rip-stop nylon, overlaid with spectra cords, was raised by 24-year-old Peter Lynn Jr. The computer-designed, three dimensional Italian kites made by Silvio Maccherozzi and Antonia Bernardi were also crowd pullers, as were those flown by Ciro Sarti and Loretta Ricci. Art lovers could see reproductions of art by Picasso, Andy Warhol, Della Porta and Henry Matisse on Ludovico Bertozzi's kites. Roger and Janice Maddy from America made their favourite kites, Crabby, Nerdbird and the Pencil, land carefully on the heads of surprised spectators. And what a wonderful sight it was to see the Moon Man float in the sky at twilight! Bhanu Shah and his sons, Urjit and Nirang, let more than 400 kites go up on a single string - a phenomenon much photographed. Then there was their eye-catching kite with Radha and Lord Krishna and yet another with the designer, patron and director of India's first, and Asia's second, kite museum in Ahmedabad. The eight-member German team displayed Alladin's genie, The Giant and huge multi-coloured rings. Pierre Fabre and Zoe Harris from France, Paul Thody and John Eaton from UK, Eishin Ijichi and the Modegis from Japan drew attentionVignettes from Fantasies In The Sky FROM March 27 to April 3, 1998, the clear blue skies over the Al Mamzar Beach Park were dotted with kites weighing anything from just a couple of grams to 250 kg! Declared the world's largest kite by the Guinness Book last year, Megabite, made in 1996 by Peter Lynn of New Zealand, could not be missed. Sixty four metres long, 22 metres wide at the head and weighing 250 kg., it exerted a pull of almost six tonnes. Shaped like the trilobite, a pre-historic life form, you could walk into this three-dimensional kite, and fly a kite inside it! This year, Megabite, made of rip-stop nylon, overlaid with spectra cords, was raised by 24-year-old Peter Lynn Jr. The computer-designed, three dimensional Italian kites made by Silvio Maccherozzi and Antonia Bernardi were also crowd pullers, as were those flown by Ciro Sarti and Loretta Ricci. Art lovers could see reproductions of art by Picasso, Andy Warhol, Della Porta and Henry Matisse on Ludovico Bertozzi's kites. Roger and Janice Maddy from America made their favourite kites, Crabby, Nerdbird and the Pencil, land carefully on the heads of surprised spectators. And what a wonderful sight it was to see the Moon Man float in the sky at twilight! Bhanu Shah and his sons, Urjit and Nirang, let more than 400 kites go up on a single string - a phenomenon much photographed. Then there was their eye-catching kite with Radha and Lord Krishna and yet another with the gopis doing the dandiya raas. Bhanu Shah is, incidentally, the with their astonishing range. However, there was more to the festival than just flying mono, bi and multi-string kites. Kite buggy riding, for one. Aerial photography for another. Japanese artist Katsutaka Murooka set his camera on auto focus and sent it up with a kite, adapting a car remote control to change its direction as it clicked at five minute intervals. The results of many of his aerial shoots have been published in kite magazines. There was also a photography contest and a painting competition for children, as well as kite-making workshops organised by Yvonne De Mille of New Zealand and Ludovico Bertozzi of Italy.
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