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.
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.
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 !
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.
A festival shortened by the arrival of a typhoon on Taipei, but a very good day of flight and a wonderful week of meetings and discoveries. In memory, the front page of the “Taipei Times” as well as some photos.
Once again, the festival “A Tout Vent” of Notre-Dame-de-Monts is taking place beautifully. So I made a twilight flight on Saturday night. Thus it is in the preamble of the night flight that I expose a most bucolic installation before the take off of the myriad of acrobats and other flying objects that will fill the night sky.