Otis Kite Festival @ Santa Monica Pier

Kite artist Richard DeLisio launches a giant inflatable flyer
Photos by Allison Knight

Thousands of kites fluttered through the air on Saturday during Otis College of Art and Design’s sixth annual Kite Festival, held on the beach adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier.

About 2,500 people attended the event, which featured 30 large-scale kites by 10 professional kite makers, sand castle art by Chris Crosson, STEM experiments by the L.A. County Public Library’s MakMo learning van, and tunes by solar-powered deejays the Sycons (see page 27 for more about them).

Otis gave out 1,200 kite-making kits and honored the life of Otis alum and Disney legend Tyrus Wong, who created the look of “Bambi” and had attended every Otis Kite Festival until passing away last December at the age of 106.

“His family was there and Otis presented a specially designed kite to his family. It was an emotional moment,” said Otis College of Art and Design Program Administrator Matt Tecle.

The college also offered a free shuttle to the beach for kids enrolled in various youth programs, from foster care groups to Boys & Girls Clubs.

“It’s part of Otis’ core and part of our culture to be socially responsible and to engage with the people around us,” said Tecle. “It’s a true community event.”

— Christina Campodonico

A sand sculpture by Chris Crosson and son; A jellyfish kite goes up, up and away; Kite artist George Peters prepares a kite in Tyrus Wong’s honor

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