Did you know that the largest kite ever flown was 83 feet
long and 131 feet wide? And did you also know that kites
do not technically fly? They actually maintain a stall! Who
knew? Find out more about the artistic history, the international
traditions, and the science behind KITES in this new exhibition,
Art on a String: Asian Kites in Flight!
This rich and colorful exhibition presents a comprehensive look at
the variety of kites developed and used across the Asian continent.
Highlights included a Wau bulan, an intricate Malaysian moon-kite;
Indian and Pakistani fighting kites, and hand-painted silk kites
Uniforms worn by a Japanese kite fighting team and antique
wooden Polynesian string reels illustrate the social and
technological elements of Asian kite flying traditions. The
diverse collection ranges in size from tiny to enormous — the
Centipede by Li Shang-Pei, Grand Kite Master of Taiwan, is more
than fifty feet long! Regional kite design and construction styles
demonstrate the scientific principles of aerodynamics and didactic
panels by members of the International Kite Flyers Association
providing historical and technical details. This family-focused
exhibition has international appeal and encourages folks to get
outdoors and engage in outdoor family fun. Go Fly a KITE!
This exhibition is organized and circulated by BLAIR-MURRAH, Inc.
Kites, Flights, and Nights
Sunday, May 29, 11 am - 3 pm
Celebrate our newest exhibition, Art on a String: Asian Kites in
Flight, by exploring all things in the sky. Learn to identify common
constellations in our planetarium, create a flying machine out of
recycled materials, discover how animals, rockets, and planes
fly, and try your hand at launching our catapult. Visit our new Kite
exhibition and be inspired to create your own kite, too. Meet some
live animals that move by flying or gliding, hike on our trails to
look for birds and bugs, and end our day with a favorite campfire
Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.