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Up and away July 7, 2008

Posted by fredsblog in Blogroll.
kent couch over the Idaho desert

kent couch over the Idaho desert

There’s doing things just because you want to, and doing things for the sheer hell of it. Then there’s art. Somethings may on the surface of it look like random, brainless stunts, but occasionally there’s a little something – an attention to detail, a needless extra, a determination or finely crafted vision. This week saw the launch of ‘Man on Wire‘ – a documentary about a tightrope performance between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. More than a random stunt, this was a 45 minute performance for the thousands of onlookers 1,500 feet below that was 30 years in the making. However, it was the successful balloon flight over the desert by Kent Couch that took my eye. Not for the sheer lunacy of it, but the uneccessary detail of the deckchair and the stunning chaotic cloud structure of the balloons themselves. It would have been so easy to just get white ones or bind them in a net or securely, but the sight of that multi-coloured cloud flying 200 miles over the desert… that’s FRED.