THE NEW MILLENNIUM PAPER AIRPLANE CONTEST and corresponding book by Klara Hobza is a multifaceted artwork inspired by a historic paper airplane contest that took place in 1967 at the Great Hall in what is now the New York Hall of Science. Built by Wallace K. Harrison to display rockets in the 1964 World’s Fair, the Great Hall is a secular cathedral of concrete and colored glass; for Hobza’s one-day event, this unique location will harbor aircraft of a different scale.
The competition is open to the public, and participants are invited to fly their planes in any and all of the judging categories listed below:
- Distance flown (measured in a straight line from start point to finish point)
- Duration aloft (measured from time released to time it lands on any surface)
- Beauty (subjective measurement based on judges’ assessment of both the plane’s physical qualities and the beauty of the flight itself; this category does not depend on distance flown or duration aloft)
- Spectacular Failure (subjective measurement based on the audience’s assessment of both the plane’s physical qualities and the most spectacular crashes)
- Children’s division (competition for participants under ages 13)
- Surprise category
Airplanes may be folded from letter-size paper, up to 8.5″ x 11″ / A4, or smaller; larger sizes are not allowed. The paper should be an average office paper (20-24 lb weight). Cutting and minor gluing of your airplane is permitted; stapling is not.
Visit the Public Art Fund site for preregistration and additional info – New Millenium Paper Airplane Contest