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Floating on Air – Kite Exhibition

June 21, 2010 to August 13, 2010
Library Lobby

Come explore the fascinating history and artistry of kites. Experience the feeling of flight with a riot of vibrant and colorful kites hung from the ceiling of the Oviatt Library’s Lobby.

This Exhibition brings together a celebration of one of the world’s most enduring inventions and pastimes—Kites and Kite Flying. From the Chinese Han dynasty through today’s space age, kites made of leaves, paper, silk, plastic, fabric, mylar, bamboo and graphite have been used to catch fish, spy on enemies, send signals, divine the weather, explore the atmosphere, photograph the earth, tow boats, advertise products, act as targets for bomb drops, and loft men and women into the wind. In the last decade, the kite, the honorable ancestor of all aircraft, has painted the skies with dazzling hues, in all shapes, sizes and forms.

Items of interest included in the exhibit:

  • Extensive collection of Kite Pins from Kite festivals, Kite vendors, Kite Masters.
  • Display board of Kites in Cartoons, i.e. : Charlie Brown and Calvin & Hobbes
  • Kite related curios, ornaments, toys, etc.

Past exhibit favorites will be back, such as the Miniature Chinese Dragon kite,  3-D clipper ship kite, a Chinese Butterfly kite, and Cellular Star kite. Free to the Public.

Exhibition curated by Gina Hsiung, Cataloging & Database Maintenance Supervisor, Oviatt Library

Full Sized Poster for the Exhibition (PDF)

Assistive Services

Requests for accommodation services (e.g., sign language interpreters or transcribers) must be made at least five (5) business days in advance. Please call (818) 677-2638 in advance of the event.