A STORY IN FOUR ACTS
General Idea : make the launch of the Balloon, keep the Balloon floating in the air, tying with ropes to the ground, in such a way that the Balloon stay suspended over the Auroville’s Amphitheater for a certain duration. The idea of a free launch was rejected to avoid any problems. (Uncertain fall of the Balloon – tree, building, road, etc – )
The final event was a story in itself. The clear structure, designed in the beginning – a start event, followed by a final event – did not happen. In place of one event, there were four final events. The project became a collective project, supported by the team of the Amphitheater in charge of the management of this sacred place of Auroville.
ACT 1 – On the first of May in the early morning, the deadline decided 10 days before could not be reached. An unfinished work was brought in the middle of the amphitheater and it was decided to benefit from the presence of people that came to attend the event to finish the Balloon. For more than one hour an half, a wonderful collective energy was developed to complete the work. Then, the inflation of the Balloon started. The shape became more and more great when suddenly, the Balloon took an unexpected direction. It fell on a barrier that had been arranged near to make shadow. The balloon ripped over 2 square meters. The event was stopped.
ACT 2 – On May 11, after repairing the Balloon, a new event was announced, taking place in the morning. The announcement stated that the launch would occur if weather conditions would be good. But, this was unfortunately not the case. This time, 15 minutes before the event, a storm started in the sky. This was accompanied by a heavy rain which couldn’t stop almost during the four days after.
ACT 3 – On Friday 15, the weather seemed to be better and a new trial was announced in the afternoon. Together with the public, the operation of making the hot air inside the paper construction started. Slowly the shape appeared. Then, after about 20 minutes, we observed that the air could not be hotter. The torch could not produce a greater flame due to a problem with the adapter attached to the gas bottle – although this one was full. After having waited 10 more minutes, we stopped, disappointed by this unfortunate event.
ACT 4 – On Monday, May 18, the launch was retried. Because of the difficulty to predict the weather – which should be no rain, and also without wind – it was decided to try again in the late afternoon at 5 pm. This time, a completely different system of torch was used with a much more intense pressure. As a result, in less than 10 minutes, the Balloon took his shape and could be fixed vertically in the air. The air inside was heated for a while. Slowly the Balloon asked to fly. The presence of the wind – which was not very powerful, but with unexpected gusts – did not allow us to place the torch achieve with wax prepared to keep the air warm when the Balloon is in the air. The risk was that the paper jump on a flame.
But when the Balloon was released, it began to fly, finally.
For about 5 minutes, the Paper Balloon flew into the sky of Auroville.
Pictures beloow from Giorgio, Ashwin, Pavan, Michel, Alex (see name of files)
Many thanks to the team of the amphitheater to the public and especially :
Ashwin – Paul – Aaron – Brian Lev – Vjeko – Alex – Giorgio – Deepak – Celestine – Vijayakumar – Aikya – Subodh – Tom – Pavan – Michel
FINAL EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – ACT 1