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The Flight of the Kite - Giant Red Kite Mosaic Makes North East of England Landscape Links

A £7,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is helping the Friends of Red Kites (FoRK) to make a giant red kite mosaic ‘fly’ around some of north-east of England’s most iconic landscape locations, as part of the Flight of the Kite Project. This is being done in September and October by creating a series of ‘community heritage happenings’ at which the ‘world’s largest red kite’ is being constructed in recognisable landscape locations from North Northumberland south to the Tees Valley. The mosaic is made of over 150 ‘tiles’ and, when complete, it has a 22.5 metre wingspan. There will be, at least, twelve of these giant red kite building exercises around the region. In each instance, the kite will be built by FoRK volunteers and representatives from local groups and communities. The principal purpose of the Flight of the Kite is to help people to learn more about their natural heritage using the region’s red kites as a focus for this.

All of the community heritage happenings will be photographed and images from these will form an inspiring photographic exhibition, comprising a suite of striking images featuring the giant red kite and images of the people involved. This exhibition will tour community venues around the region creating a lasting photographic legacy of one of the area's largest, in all ways, wildlife icons in superb landscape settings, all of which are emblematic of the region. Some of the locations at which the giant red kite will be built include: the Angel of the North, Baltic Square (showing the bridges over the Tyne and The Sage Gateshead), the Bowes Museum, the Derwent Reservoir and Durham Castle and Cathedral. Look out for announcements of red kite builds near you or the touring exhibition when it commences during the winter.