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Hot air balloon celebrating humanity passes through Oman
June 19, 2015 | 10:04 PM
by Hasan Shaban
Gaspard said that the collection of handprints functioned as an accumulation of energy, and the balloon, as a shelter, becomes a sort of “spiritual envelope”.
 
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Muscat: A Belgian architect has successfully launched a hot air balloon made from tissue paper in the skies over India after six months of travelling across European and Asian countries, including Oman.

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During his visit to Muscat, Gaspard Van Parys, the young architect expressed his enthusiasm about his paper balloon project and how he had planned to travel from his country to France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria, in addition to Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Bulgaria, to collect handprints of people who would together help him complete his balloon. The other countries on his itinerary were Turkey, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Oman and India.

“The more I advance in the journey, the more the balloon takes shape,” he said.



Gaspard said that the collection of handprints functioned as an accumulation of energy, and the balloon, as a shelter, becomes a sort of “spiritual envelope”.

He invited people he met during his journey even in Oman to draw a print of their hands and write their names on it.



His project’s final destination was Auroville, a small town in southern India.

“This city which I have never been to was chosen mainly because to me, it constitutes a source of inspiration, and because it is located in a distant context and in a culture that is unknown to me,” he said.

Gaspard added that Auroville – City of Dawn – is a universal experimental city project that started in the 1960s. The city was a 20-kilometre vast desert plateau, and now it looks like a small town surrounded by a large forest. The project was conceived by Mira Alfassa, called 'The Mother' and inspired by the Indian philosopher Yogi Sri Aurobindo.

The first public message that was transmitted on the city was, “Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.”

On May 30, Gaspard called all 60 participants of 20 different nationalities via email to look for their handprints on his 5-metre tall paper balloon which - despite the presence of unexpected winds - flew over Auroville on May 18, 2015.

To get in touch with the architect https://balloonarchitecture.wordpress.com/

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