Sky Dancers

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.

Sky Dancers at the Adelaide International Kite Festival in South Australia.So random, so funny

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 Tube 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!


This Sky Dancer & Blower Combo Set would be a good attention-getter for many small bricks-and-mortar businesses.



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This printable e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 119cm (4 ft) wide Parachute kite. It's not quite that wide in the air since the canopy takes on a distinct curved shape when inflated. This 14-cell kite performs best in moderate to fresh wind speeds. That's 20 to 38kph or 13 to 24mph. In gentle winds, this kite will hang in the air at fairly low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while supervised!

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  • Materials are plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
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  • All cuts are along straight lines.

For the greatest chance of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough, since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small differences from my original.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Parafoil kite. After making your first one in plastic and seeing how it performs, you can try soft Tyvek or rip-stop nylon for your next build.

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.



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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7