Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Aborting the banana project

Aww, this is disappointing.

From 1200 WOAI:

Canadian artist Cesar Saez got plenty of publicity last year when he announced plans to build a giant, helium-filled, banana and launch it Mexico, so it could float over the skies of Texas.


The launch date was expected to be in August, but according to his web site, geostationarybananaovertexas.com, the campaign has been closed in failure.

Saez got about $100,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, but that's not close to the $1.5 [million] he said he needed to get the 300-yard dirigible off the country. The grassroots campaign pulled in about $12,000.

And I was so looking forward to it.


Kels said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :'( This is greatly disappointing... now I have nothing to look forward to! ;-)

muse said...

I think a banana blimp could be reused by banana boat products at the coast. Maybe they could/should chip in, ha!

Do you have copies of those plans? I think that thing might look a little obscene in the skies.

Albatross said...

I know, Kels, it's truly sad. I think it would have been so cool to see that thing hanging in the sky.

Muse, check out the link to the project's Web site in the post. They have all kinds of conceptual pictures as well as explanations of how the technology was supposed to work. The idea is whimsical, but the aerodynamics and gyroscopic forces involved sound pretty cool. I really (no kidding here) would have liked to see if such an idea could work.

Oh, and as for "obscene," check out the photo gallery at that Web site for a cowboy in the scrub doing strange things while gazing at a banana in the sky!