Sunday, May 22, 2011

365 Doodles - Day 142

A colour study for a possible painting done in the 1990s. Because I was so rubbish at painting, I never got around to doing it. The triangular balloons were inspired by theories I'd read about how the lines on the plains of Nazca were created. In the early 1970s, an idea surfaced that maybe the ancient South American Indians had discovered ballooning centuries before Europe. In 1975 Julian Nott and Jim Woodman built a balloon using only local materials and based it solely upon images of what appeared to be balloons found on rock drawings and pottery fragments. It happily flew over the Nazca plain with the two men seated on a wicker 'saddle'.

Nott repeated the feat in Peru in 2002 with Peter Cuneo. See website here.

The tetrahedral shape of balloon has now become quite popular so the painting doesn't have quite the quirky factor it once had. I still rather like my idea of the upside down rigging though!

Tetrahedral balloon images taken from

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