Monday, December 29, 2008

Leaf kite

I had a picnic with my studio mates on Saturday. Apart from the food and the ambiance, one of the things that caught my attention was how a group of children had made a kite out of a giant piece of leaf. No it didn't manage to soar but it did provided them with a lot of enjoyment just running and playing with it. Perhaps what I found extremely interesting was how deep the semantic was. A leaf floating in the wind is akin to a kite being flown.




5 comments:

DT said...

Very Clever. But does it fly well?

DT said...

Sorry type too fast! How does it fly, I mean?

Rashid Lee said...

Hi DT. Unfortunately it doesn't fly well. At least not like as kite should. It catches the sea breeze momentarily while the kite runner tries to run with it. And then it floats back down. But the children had fun with it anyway. They just keep on running with it hoping that it will eventually fly high.

guerrrilla said...

ask an old skool brethren to show you how to make a "DIY anemometer" from rubber seed pods. my grandma taught me back when we lived in a kampong. they made all these kick ass toys from parts of trees & plants that kicks ass man. total genius.

Rashid Lee said...

Ooh yeah. I almost forgot about those that you mentioned. MUJI had a competition based on old-school ways (like making toys from parts of plants) a few months ago and the first prize was 20 grand yo.
I'm wondering now then if children nowadays have any creativity in them to make use of urban elements that they find and turn them into 'toys'? It'll be interesting to observe.