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Giant Flying Island Missing Over Britain

From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:59:39 +0100
Archived: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 01:38:00 -0400
Subject: Giant Flying Island Missing Over Britain

Source: The Daily Mail - London


3rd August 2011

(Images at link above)

Giant flying island missing over Britain and now it could be in

=A312,000 art piece was released from its tethers by vandals at
Cambridgeshire's Secret Garden Party

If you look out of your kitchen window today and see a giant
inflatable island floating towards your home - don't worry,
aliens are not about to land and you're not going mad.

You've probably just found a runaway sculpture inflated with
helium which a couple of tipsy revellers released when it was
moored at Cambridgeshire's Secret Garden Party.

The =A312,000 Is Land, had been bobbing around in the sky to
inspire party-goers having been built to represent the "slightly
modified reality".

However, around 3am on Sunday, July 24 two youths were spotted
crossing the lake in a dinghy under the cover of darkness, who
then promptly cut all five of its tether ropes and watched it
sail away into the night sky.

Now a man-hunt has been launched to track down the seven-metre
wide sculpture - created by Royal College of Art graduates Sarah
Cockings and Laurence Symonds.

Data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration has predicted the inflatable land mass could now
be as far as Slovenia, according to The Independent - over the
town of Celje in fact - although organisers of the event hope it
is still in the UK.

It was last seen over Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, 400 metres up
- but no one from any of Britain's airports have spotted the
unusual airborne art piece.

Some residents claim to have seen it in Dorset - and one woman
thought it was the Loch Ness Monster - whilst others thought
extra-terrestrial life was about to touch down.

A statement on the organisers' website said: 'The UK Civil
Aviation Authority, local airports as well as chartered air
spaces were informed, and attempts have been made to calculate
the wind speed and direction around Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
at the time of its release, any more accurate location updates
will be published.

'However due to there being release valves on the balloon, the
helium will have been slowly expelled over a long period of
time, as opposed to rising quickly and rupturing, meaning the
island could have reached great heights.

'But what goes up must come down, so the hunt is on. If what
looks like a floating chunk of earth turns up in your Nan=92s back
garden, or if you think you see a new planet on your Easyjet
flight to Portugal, please don=92t hesitate to get in touch.'

Made of durable polyurethane, and covered in green foliage,
organisers are desperate for it to be located - it has a date in
the U.S. at this year's Burning Man festival in the Nevada
desert later on this month.

The creation took six months to make - in Stroud in

About 26,000 visitors flocked from across the UK to the Secret
Garden Party. The festival started in 2004 when just 1,000
people attended.

The event takes place in the grounds of a country house in the
village of Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon and the lake becomes
the centre stage for various sculptures and other art pieces.

Any sightings should be reported via is-land.co.uk

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