HCA NEWS Giant airship over Odense

Odense may be visited by giant airship in 2005.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 28 January 2003

A warm summer day in the year 2005. The cool shadow of a blimp slides across downtown Odense, and people look up in amazement. Only to see a snowstorm of 40,000 art leaflets that have just been scattered from the passenger deck of the dirigible.

On every flyer, there is a graphic reproducing artwork  sketches, paintings and sculptures  relating in one way or another to Hans Christian Andersen. The back of the leaflet contains a form on which people may write their names and addresses and return to a particular exhibition space in the city. By doing so, they may participate in a drawing for an original Hans Christian Andersen work.

According to the newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende, this scenario will become a reality in connection with the celebration of Hans Christian Andersens 200th birthday in 2005 - at the initiative of artist Lone Dupont.

"I conceived the idea three years ago.  It came to me out of the blue, just like when I paint.  Two years ago, I began working on the details. And then on backing, Lone Dupont related to Fyens Stiftstidende.

The total budget for the project will be around DKK five million  to be provided primarily by sponsors and foundations. The lease of the airship alone will cost around DKK two million, but that includes the round trip from England, which is home to the blimp.

"It will be more than two years before the airship lifts off, but I know the time is going to pass quickly. Very quickly, Lone Dupont said to Fyens Stiftstidende.