Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection
Collection Number: 839
Post Type: Kite Object or Accessory
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Artist or Author: Harry Osborne
Length: 108 inches
Height: 76 inches
Width: 21 inches
One of the most famous large kite makes of the early 80s was that of Harry Osborne of Everett, Washington. Using his professional skills as a professor of production sewing, he found his interests in that of building large format kites, starting with deltas and cellular constructions then moving to that of building without spars, the parafoil. He had numerous encounters with many of his kite contemporaries of his day, Domina Jalbert to name a few. He was instrumental in the design and production of the world largest parafoil kite which was flown at Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach, Washington. It was this kite that took the life of Steve Edeiken. Unfortunately, most of Harry's kite works were destroyed in a warehouse fire, and these few items were gifted to us by Harry Osborne himself. You can see by his work, he was a master of large scale kites.
Geographic: United States
Kite Type: Flat
Materials: Carbon, Ripstop
Significance: Art, Sport
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