Klara Hobza: The New Millenium Paper Airplane Contest

About the Exhibition

Klara Hobza and Public Art Fund are pleased to announce the WINNERS of THE NEW MILLENNIUM PAPER AIRPLANE CONTEST:

Distance Flown Category: Rowin Andruscavage
Children’s Category: Dionisio Rosado
Time Aloft Category: Howard Fink
“Surprise” Category: Peter Genovese
Beauty Category: Eric Genovese, Angelina Ricardo and Christina Bertazzo (tie)
Spectacular Failure Category: Kadish Robinson and Caroline Samuels (tie)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event!

THE NEW MILLENNIUM PAPER AIRPLANE CONTEST and corresponding book by Klara Hobza (b. Plzen, Czech Republic) is a multifaceted artwork inspired by a historic paper airplane contest that took place in 1967 at the Great Hall in what is now the New York Hall of Science. Built by Wallace K. Harrison to display rockets in the 1964 World’s Fair, the Great Hall is a secular cathedral of concrete and colored glass; for Hobza’s one-day event, this unique location harbored aircraft of a different scale.

The competition is open to the public, and participants are invited to fly their planes in a number of judging categories, including:

– Distance flown (measured in a straight line from start point to finish point)
– Duration aloft (measured from time released to time it lands on any surface)
– Beauty (subjective measurement based on judges’ assessment of both the plane’s physical qualities and the beauty of the flight itself; this category does not depend on distance flown or duration aloft)
– Spectacular Failure (subjective measurement based on the audience’s assessment of both the plane’s physical qualities and the most spectacular crashes)
– Children’s division (competition for participants under ages 13)
– Surprise category

Airplanes may be folded from letter-size paper, up to 8.5″ x 11″ / A4, or smaller; larger sizes are not allowed. The paper should be an average office paper (20-24 lb weight). Cutting and minor gluing of your airplane is permitted; stapling is not.

Notable planes and the stories behind their design will be collected in a commemorative book by the artist, THE NEW MILLENNIUM PAPER AIRPLANE BOOK, published by Public Art Fund in spring 2009. The book will consist of airplane designs that can be torn out, folded, and flown, as well as stories by their creators.



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