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.
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!
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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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