October 19, 2011

Collection Name: Other

Collection Number: 211

Post Type: Kite Object or Accessory

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Artist or Author: Randy Tom

Creation Year: 1982

Length: 7' 1"

Height: 1' 2"

Width: 2' 4""


This is a five-pack of Hyperkites, bought in the early 1980's. Made of ripstop nylon with wood spars, these were sport kites made to fly in stacks or trains. Sold in kite stores across the United States, they were popular because of their "show" potential when flown in very long stacks (30 kites +). Hyperkites have been the kite of choice for the Bay Area Sundowners, the oldest continual-performing sport kite team in the United States. Custom Hyperkites, with dynamic graphic sails were a specialty of kite artist Randy Tom. I remember them being sold in 3- and 6- packs, but this is a 5-pack, so that may be the way they were sold.

Geographic: United States

Kite Type: Bowed, Flat, Sport

Materials: Dowel, Ripstop

Significance: Commercial, Sport

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