Kite Flying Around the World (2) – Kite Sculptures & Trivia
September 8th and 9th this year are specially marked days for kite flying enthusiasts in Singapore. NTUC Income (the country’s leading composite insurer) sponsors the annual Kite Festival Singapore – a time for young and old to have some good clean fun.
As Singapore prepares for this weekend’s festival, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do a week’s feature on “Kite Flying Around the World”. Today I share with you Kite sculptures & Trivia.
Some Amazing Kite Sculptures
‘Flying a Kite’
The Kite Flyer
Bronze Figure & Bridge
Parchment Street, Winchester, Hampshire, England
The Kite Flyer is a bronze figure of a young man flying a golden kite on a bridge. The work was commissioned by Winchester City Council and installed in April 2009. The sculpture arcs across Parchment Street at a height of nearly six metres creating a popular new landmark for the city. The street is one of the most significant historical streets in Winchester and clearly visible from the high street.
A little girl enjoys flying her kite on a Blustery Day.
This is a small sculpture, 9″ tall x 6″ x 4″.
‘Children Flying Kites’
artist not mentioned
‘The Butterfly Kite’
Joly creates miniature sculptures
that narrate his thoughts and observations about life.
World Kite Trivia
- The smallest kite in the world that actually flies is 5mm high
- Some Japanese kites weigh over 2 tons.
- There are 78 rules in kite fighting in Thailand.
- Kite flying was banned in Japan in 1760 because too many people preferred to fly kites than work.
- The Chinese believe that looking at kites high in the sky maintains good eyesight.
- The Chinese name for a kite is Fen Zheng, which means “wind harp”. The name is derived from early Chinese kites which used to carry musical wind instruments.
- Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
- Benjamin Franklin used a kite to prove that lightning was electricity.
- Large kites were banned in East Germany because of the possibility of man lifting over the Berlin Wall.
- Kites are used for bird scaring, forecasting the weather and frightening evil spirits away.
- Approximately 12 people are killed each year in kiting accidents throughout the world.
- People were flying kites 1,000 years before paper was invented. It is now thought that the first kites flown over 3000 years ago, were made from leaves.
- Kites have been used for centuries for fishing and in Indonesia they still use leaf kites for fishing.
- Kite flying is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and more adults in the world fly kites than children.
- Kite flying is popular in most countries except for one or two for example -Iceland and Russia.
- You do not need wind to fly a kite.
- Each year on the second Sunday of October kite flyers in nearly every country of the World unite and fly a kite to celebrate “ONE SKY ONE WORLD”.
- Kites have been used for thousands of years to lift offerings and give thanks to the Gods for good harvests, fertility, weather and prosperity.
- There are over 50 million kites sold in the USA every year.
- In the Orient, kites are given to someone to bring them happiness, good luck, prosperity and cure illness.
“You can’t fly a kite unless you go against the wind
and have a weight to keep it from turning a somersault.
The same with man. No man will succeed
unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties
and is prepared to assume responsibilities.”
American religious leader & influential public speaker