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Wanted! Bermuda Kite Designs For New Airport

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Aecon and Skyport are launching a contest to design Bermudian kites, with the winning designs set to “be incorporated into actual kites that will be suspended from the ceilings in the new terminal.”

“Open to the entire Bermuda community, kite designs are being sought from residents of any age – from school children, professionals, artists, senior citizens, and any Bermudian who has a creative idea to decorate the new terminal,” Skyport said.

“The ten winning designs will be incorporated into actual kites that will be suspended from the ceilings in the new terminal – adding a Bermudian sense of place to the new building.”

Mikaela Pearman, Marketing and Communications Officer, Skyport, says: “We want to ensure the new terminal of the LF Wade International Airport feels Bermudian inside and out. One of the ways to achieve this is by incorporating Bermudian elements to the interior design. Kites are a big part of our culture and we look forward to seeing creative, colourful and impressive designs.”

There are three categories for the contest:

  • Children up to 12-years-old – two winners to be selected.
  • Teens aged 13 to 18 years old – three winners to be selected.
  • The 19-year-old and over age category – five winners to be selected.

“The kite shapes are hexagon, octagon and decagon and entrants may select any of these three base kite types. Submissions will be accepted until March 31 and the winner will be announced the week of April 15. Cash prizes of $250 per winner will be given in addition to the winning designs being displayed in the terminal.

“The judges for the contest are Colin Campbell of OBM International; Karla Lacey of the BTA; Dr. Kim Dismont-Robinson, Government’s Folklife Officer; kite master Eugene O’Connor and Alan Daniels of Kite Warriors.”

Frank Ross, Executive Advisor, Infrastructure, Aecon Construction, says: “We would like to encourage anyone with an interest in Bermuda kites and art to enter this competition. This is a great opportunity to be artistic and imaginative and have your work shown to the millions of people who will pass through the new terminal.”

The rules are as follows: No actual kites, no words, no political references and no human likeness in design. Aecon/Skyport has the right to make the final decision.

To submit an electronic copy of your design, please email kitedesign@aecon.com. Hard copies can be delivered to OBM International to the attention of Colin Campbell. The address is: Woodbourne Hall – 1 Gorham Road Hamilton HM 08, Bermuda.

The kite shapes follow below [PDF here]:

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