Windstarken: Wind Strength

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection
Artist or Author: Deutsches Technikmusem
Creation Year: 2012
Width: 8.25 inches
Length: 11.75 inches
Height: .50 inches
Summary: Windstarken, a special exhibit in a small part of the Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin, Germany, has been a great success since its opening on October 2011. Windstarken literally is translated as “wind strength”, and indeed the exhibit shows the power of the wind, literally and figuratively. From a tree, broken by the wind, to artwork inspired by the wind, to power stations powered by the wind, Windstarken takes the museum-goer on a journey with the wind. The exhibit is cleverly organized for student groups to learn what makes the wind, how the wind plays to our sense of fantasy, how it has been harnessed for fun and industry, and how it might be used in the future. Overlooked uses of the wind are explained by common objects included in the exhibit. Weather vanes show wind direction and help to predict coming storms, while noise-making scarecrows keep birds from eating crops. Children the world over fly kites for fun and energy is produced from wind-farms sprouting up all over the world. Termite mounds, cooled by wind, create environments that allow the insect to thrive while the albatross would be flightless without the headwind he takes off into.There are wind-powered novelties as well, a vehicle that travels against the wind, artist Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest, a wind-powered machine that “walks” against the wind, and a student prize-winner for a wind-powered model that also travels against the wind. A wide range of kites is included in the exhibit and shows the diversity of our playful pastime. Chinese dragons are prominently displayed alongside a German Steiff Roloplan, complete with aerial photo rig (my small contribution to the exhibit). Contemporary sport kites and cellular kites give the viewer an appreciation of our kite flying passion. From the Aztec God Ehecatl, to the full size windmill vane set outside the museum, the Windstarken exhibit is a creative effort to tell the power of the wind in all of our lives. Softbound catalog produced by the museum. Full color, 135 pages Atiftung Deutsches Technikmusem Berlin Trebbiner Strasse 9, 10963 Berlin
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Geographic: Germany
Kite Type: Accessory, Bowed, Box\Cellular, Figure, Flat, Inflated, Sport
Materials: Bamboo, Carbon, Dowel, Ripstop, Cotton
Significance: Art, Cultural, Historical, Scientific, Sport