Go Fly a Kite
"Kite Day" at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown
Box kites flew — a colossal doughnut and even a cross the size of the Wright Brothers’ first plane. In the 1960s and 1970s, the final exam for Professor Lee Hirsche’s course in basic design at Williams College was to make a kite and launch it. Kite Day became an annual celebration.
Now the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is bringing it back as part of “Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill,” an exhibit co-curated by Mark C. Taylor, emeritus professor of religion at Williams College, and biology professor Henry “Hank” Art.
Art came to Williamstown in 1970 and saw some of the Kite Days of old. “It was magnificent,” he says, “like a medieval festival.”
The Clark will hold a free celebration on Stone Hill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 2, 2016 with drumming, eco art and an open mic. Picnics and kites are welcome. The Stone Hill exhibit will run through October 10, 2016, and anyone can walk to the original “Kite Hill” year-round on newly marked trails. Just follow the yellow signs. 413-458-2303