It was on a warm invitation from the 30 Kite Club that we went to the 19th Festival del Vento de Spotorno. Nestled between sea and mountains, Spotorno is a very charming Italian town on the north coast of the Mediterranean, about 60 kilometers from Genoa.
The festival puts the dishes in the big and welcomes its participants in an exceptional way. We were staying at Hotel Tirreno, with our feet in the sand … where we also enjoyed fantastic meals, representative of the generous Italian culinary culture.
On our arrival, the day before the festival, it was under a radiant sun that we prepared the Bouquet of Poppies and the Arches d’O so that the public can make the most of this Mediterranean weekend, under the sign of wind.
The long-awaited Italian sun was out of the game and the weather was not in our favor. It is by a total and remarkable absence of the wind as well as under a rain recalling the winter Brittany that the week-end was unrolled.
This did not stop us from growing the Bouquet of Hanging Poppies and preparing the O Arches for take-off. The rare courageous public could benefit from a perfectly unusual vision of the Spotorno beach.
After a Saturday already wet, while the evening in full swing in a warm atmosphere, we learn that the festival is canceled for the day Sunday because of a weather alert announcing very heavy rain.
A bit disappointed by this cancellation, so we will spend this Sunday day watching the rain fall. Then, equipped like the sailors under the waterspouts, we will finish this day by the complete disassembly of the wet poppies.
Despite these exceptional conditions during this festival, we will keep a memory of a fabulous weekend in a Mediterranean atmosphere and full of friends.
Thanks to 30 Kite Club, thank you Giancarlo!
Celestial sport was the subject of the thirty second edition of the Marseille wind festival. For this event or gathering artists and acrobats of the family of the kite of the whole world, a free contest of aerial ballet was organized. Among the pilots of the various usual categories (2 lines and 4 lines: individual, pair and team), I presented in music, an original ballet with my acrobatic single-wire kite, the Switch. Out of twenty participants, it is a very honorable fourth place that rewards my ballet just behind the best pilots world in 4 lines that occupy the first three places. It is therefore possible to perform an aerial dance and to infuse emotions with a single-wire kite in comparison with the performance of very technical gear.
Des Coquelicots sur le Prado
Under a radiant sun and a light morning wind, I installed a Bouquet of Poppies on the sand of Prado de Marseille. The wonder of the children was immediately translated by their invasion of the bouquet of giant flowers.
Un aquarium géant
It was in a steady wind that I realized an unusual arrangement of the O Arches. In association with Eolia Concept and its giant marine creatures, I installed all the O’s around the blue octopus creating an unlikely aquatic atmosphere.
From the 14th to the 16th of July 2017 the feast The Days of the Wind, organized by the association Penvins Cerf-Volant, celebrated its fifteenth edition under a wind in accordance with a radiant sun and a calm and cool sea .
On the morning of the 15th of July, the wind was very soft and calm, perfect for a new installation, such as a gift to Notre-Dame-de-la-Côte. Everyone was invited to go to the tip of the peninsula for a dreamlike ballad in a surprising Bouquet of Giant Poppies.
So I present to you the film of the installation superbly captured by Pauline Garraud on a music of Klifa Rachedi and Maud Rached.
Here, finally, in photos these moments in the transfigured scenery of the western tip of the peninsula. A magnificent, wild place, where everyone has been able to approach nature and discover remarkable points of view.
I thank the association Penvins Kite, the partners of the festival and also all the volunteers who make it live.
It is on the theme of the mobile that the festival A Tout Vent of the city of Notre Dame de Monts celebrated its fifteenth birthday.
On the beach, the presence of the creations of Maurizio Cenci of the Italian association Vulandra (www.vulandra.it) with its extraordinary flying sculptures have brought an inventive, surprising, even humorous dimension to the festival.
The finesse and poetry of the kites of Daniela Zitzman charmed the public walking on the beach. René Maier once again bewitched the whole of visitors with his installations of beating hearts to the ripples of the wind.
The Sentinels of Ramlal Tien also embellished the sky, covering the central space of the festival. Anna Rubin was also present and had her majestic paper and bamboo creations stolen.
There was also this year Jean Paul Richon, who made the sky on the north side of his arches and his deltas Conynes so special, with hundreds of metallic ribbons playing with the rays of the sun. Great!
On the south flight zone, Derek Khun stretched his immense banners in the sky accompanying the entire R-Sky team, which put its energy in the flight of its giant octopuses.
Not to mention the many kite-flyers, coming from near and far, to decorate the sky by the diversity of their creations, to present their ballet alone or as a team, and simply to share moments of conviviality.
Inspired by the theme of mobile, I realized a new installation using my Morpho Butterflies created 17 years ago. Mounted 2 by 2 on a scale suspended from a fishing rod, each couple of butterfly performed a poetic dance similar to the parade of the lepidoptera in the time of the loves.
Mobile Oblique and Bancal
This edition was again the occasion for new spectacular experiences. The Transe Express Company(www.transe-express.com) moved to the festival for his MOB show “Mobile Oblique et Bancal”.
If the combination of this human spectacle with that of the kites was delicate for obvious security reasons, the interest of associating the street arts with the arts of the sky is that more certain. I am therefore happy to have participated as artistic coordinator and to have decorated my crippling festival of my Poppies, in perpetual movement.
I would like to thank the entire Notre Dame de Monts team, all the volunteers, all the kite-fanatics and enthusiasts who came, especially David and Pierrot for their confidence.
Between sky and flowers, a day of entertainment in the heart of the Vendée
Welcomed by the Logis de la Chabotterie on this wonderful day of Sunday, June 11th, 2017, it was during the Garden Day that a bouquet of 29 Poppies grew in the meadow of the Logis.
It is therefore accompanied by Lilou and Pierre that we installed the largest version of the Hanging Poppy Bouquet for the first time.
On the ground near the entrance of the site, we also flying the Arches of O in conditions of weak but sufficient wind to sculpt a few elegant lines in the sky of the Logis, thus welcoming the public at the beginning of its visit.
The Logis de la Chabotterie is exalted
In this magnificent place dedicated to the culture, some “Meilleurs Ouvriers de France”, and Vendée, also decorated the estate with beautiful floral compositions.
The Vegetable Garden also surprised by its vegetable fantasy led by “Madame Salsifis” and “John Topinambour”. Madame de la Fontenelle also made a spectacle of her bucolic poetry by presenting Le Soin des Plantes in the 18th century. A culinary animation, A Tasting Bouquet, was presented by Chef Arnaud Acher. A discovery of the hives of the house was also on the agenda. A sculptor of balloons also marveled at small and large by his amazing floral creations.
This day was rich in discoveries and shared pleasures in the sumptuous setting of the Logis de La Chabotterie.
From 19 to 21 May 2017, I was invited to participate in the 30th anniversary of the GSW Kamen Drachenfestival near Dortmund in Germany. For this anniversary, under a radiant sun accompanied by a very light breeze, I made a few Hanging Poppies Bouquets.
At nightfall Uwe and his team of artificers presented us with a superb pyrotechnic show accompanied, live, by a jazz band. It was therefore the occasion to make some original photos of the Poppies, illuminated by the sparkling colors of this magic spectacle.
I would first like to thank the entire team for organizing this warm and family-friendly festival. Finally, a big thanks to Uwe Gryzbeck and Ulla Bebko for their invitation and welcome !
Sunday, April 23, 2017, I participated in Feast day in Kerguelen with Bertrand Lefebvhre of the company Eko-Kite(www.ekokite.com). This wonderful and convivial family day was organized by Sellor Nautisme at the Kerguelen nautical center in Larmor-Plage in Morbihan.
So it was with great pleasure the occasion for me to realize a decoration of this site. I have arranged several Hanging Poppy Bouquets and also flies an original installation of the O Arches. Thus, these compositions have brought a dreamlike atmosphere in this place for this particular event.
For the 24th edition of the Kite and Wind Festival, at the hour when the sun sets on the horizon and the light fades above the waves, empty space giving way to the spectacle of the setting sun. The organization of the festival gave me carte blanche to sublimate this particular moment of the day. In front of the casino Châtelaillon-Plage, I made this crepuscular flight by installing the Arches d’O, along with Jean-Paul Richon and his installation of sparkling ribbons Purple Rain.
During a short visit to the 31st RICV of Berck sur Mer, I found a place of honor and ideal conditions for installing my Arches of O above the large banner wall of Eolia-Concept. In this way, a scenic decoration of the main demonstration ground of this great event is realized.
The Bouquet of Poppies has once again traveled to Europe to be installed at the 28th International DrachenFest in Berlin. The Volkspark in Potsdam has welcomed us in a beautiful setting of greenery and flowers.