Hilarious Inflatable Wind Art!
Sky Dancers are hilarious tall hollow figures which constantly move
around in semi-realistic ways. We've seen them here and there around
Adelaide, our home city in South Australia. These wind-art creations are
actually sold as attention-getters for businesses and large events.
Yes, I'm going to call them 'wind art', since the best of these have
obviously had some talented design input. Don't be surprised to see one
or more of these things at a kite festival near you!
Some of the more expensive products have built-in lighting systems too, so at night the show gets even more spectacular.
How do these dancing puppets work? It's pretty simple. There is a cold air
blower sitting on the ground, under each 'leg' of the inflatable. Air
pressure keeps the shape inflated most of the time, but also
causes constant erratic motion. The fabric is rip-stop nylon, and is
attached to the blower using Velcro flaps.
I don't think anything else has been invented that catches the eye of so many so quickly!
Available on Amazon, this Sky Dancer & Blower Combo Set
is ready-to-go and has great reviews.
Besides the photo up there, here's a video of what we saw when we
attended the Adelaide International Kite Festival in March 2011...
Sky Dancers ... Or ... ?
The popularity of these randomly-moving tubular figures seems to be
on the rise, with many manufacturers jumping on the band-wagon. Other
names in use for these or similar products include:
- SkyDancer Puppets
- Sky Guys
- Sky Tube Guys
- Fly Guys
- Puppet Guy
- Air Dancers
- Air Dancer Man
- Flailing Tube Man
- Fly Tube Guys
- Dancing Sky Men
- Stick Men
Some of these inflatables are huge, at 18 meters (60 feet) in
height. At this size, they are visible to the entire crowd at a large
public event. Others are just several meters high, and thus suitable for
parking in front of a shop or other business premises. These are the
kind we have driven past on many occasions. At this size, they tend to
be a little simpler, sporting just a tubular body plus a couple of arms.
Check out this smile-inducing image of a dancing tube man!
Photo courtesy of Mykl Roventine.
This Sky Dancer & Blower Combo Set
would be a good attention-getter for many small bricks-and-mortar businesses.
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Sep 21, 14 09:44 PM
Victoria Park adjacent to the Adelaide CBD in South Australia, that is. This large grassed area which forms part of the eastern parklands of the city is used for various events from time to time. Including, in the past, major horse racing and a section of a Formula 1 Grand Prix track.
An invite had gone out to various kite enthusiasts to meet and fly, since the weather looked good. We arrived after lunch, only to discover very light winds. A lone R/C flier was enjoying the easy conditions with his 3-channel electric trainer. Like a tiny Cessna, if you're not familiar with model aircraft.
For a while it seemed we were alone, before spotting a power kite in the distance, making brief forays into the air. Victoria Park is rather large!
It actually turned out to be quite an enjoyable outing, with the 2.4m (8ft) Multi-Dowel Barn Door kite just scraping into the air. But then, thermals were everywhere. It wasn't long before the large pale blue kite went right overhead! At other times, I simply toyed with the Barn Door, floating it way out on a long line then pulling it up to over 200 feet.
Another RC flier was now having success launching his glider, finding thermals, and gaining height in them.
We were eventually joined by two other AKFA members including the President. A couple of ripstop-and-carbon light-wind kites went up, with plenty of success. By now the breeze had come across the park from just about every point of the compass. Variable indeed!
In the distance, someone had been lofting a large but light-wind parafoil. It was interesting to see it sink out as an utter 'bag of washing' during a dead calm spell! Someone else had some success with a small blue Delta for a while.
All up, a worthwhile day IF you were flying lightly-loaded kites! No luck for Mike with his power kite and skateboard...
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