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ORAC
3rd Aug 2011, 13:04
Torygraph: Search is on for missing 'floating island' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8678759/Search-is-on-for-missing-floating-island.html)

A search is under way for a giant inflatable 'floating island' that went missing from a music festival last month.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01963/is-land-secret-gar_1963032c.jpg

'Is Land' was a £9,000 helium-filled sculpture of a desert island which floated above the heads of revellers at the Secret Garden Party festival recently. However, the art project drifted off somewhere without anyone seeing it and may now be floating in the troposphere, the lowest portion of Earth's atmosphere.

Sarah Cockings and Laurence Symonds, Royal College of Art graduates, who created the seven-metre wide airborne islet have asked that any sightings be reported via the website is-land.co.uk.

'Is Land' is made of durable polyurethane with foliage décor and was built over six months.

It was last seen at approximately 3am on Sunday 24 July hanging over a lake at the Cambridgeshire festival by security guards who witnessed two unidentified youths in a dinghy cutting all five of its tether ropes, releasing the island into the sky.

G-CPTN
3rd Aug 2011, 13:20
BBC News - Disc shaped craft is spotted circling near Stansted (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14387365)

tony draper
3rd Aug 2011, 13:21
When it is found we can send up a couple of Harrier to shoot the buggah down,ere, oh no I forgot we can't do that now.
:(

Lon More
3rd Aug 2011, 13:33
Pity they didn't tie "Call me Dave" underneath it. He's again spouting so much hot air it'd stay aloft for ever.

Cacophonix
3rd Aug 2011, 13:34
This is a serious issue. Look at Amelia Earhart, she missed her island and...

Another chap who missed his... almost!

Jay Prochnow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_New_Zealand_Flight_103)

sitigeltfel
3rd Aug 2011, 13:42
Sarah Cockings and Laurence Symonds, Royal College of Art graduates

Sarah won £3 million on the lottery in 1995 and treated her two sisters to boob jobs. She clearly has a thing about inflatables.

Cacophonix
3rd Aug 2011, 13:51
She clearly has a thing about inflatables


Flying is such pneumatic bliss!

visibility3miles
3rd Aug 2011, 19:22
Nobody left a GPS outfitted mobile onboard?!?

I've heard of people losing track of their cars, but an entire island?

11Fan
3rd Aug 2011, 19:26
http://image.qpicture.com/image/h/artist-herve-villechaize/herve-villechaize-354343.jpg

Look Boss, da Island, da Island

visibility3miles
3rd Aug 2011, 21:34
Is that from the movie Avatar?

http://photoshoptutorials.ws/images/stories/CreateaFloatingIslandSceneSimilartoJames_A707/image.png

parabellum
4th Aug 2011, 00:35
security guards who witnessed two unidentified youths in a dinghy cutting all five of its tether ropes, releasing the island into the sky.

So why weren't the security guards and the old Bill waiting for these youths when they eventuall came ashore?:confused:

Arm out the window
4th Aug 2011, 04:25
Much as I cannot condone illegal activity yada yada, a giant inflatable tethered airborne island is just begging to be cut loose!

ehwatezedoing
4th Aug 2011, 04:54
If they were enough helium balloons, would UK raise to the sky as well !?
I always though your island would sink into to sea with the amount of rain you get daily :suspect:

aviate1138
4th Aug 2011, 06:20
We have rivers which drain the excess water away…………..

Anyway there is too much hot air around the UK to allow it to sink……. :rolleyes:

Slasher
4th Aug 2011, 06:23
An island in the sky is nothing new - Ernie Gann once wrote
about one yonks ago.

Anyway this particular floating island might start WW3 if its
found out to contain any oil, gold, or rare earthery.

ross_M
4th Aug 2011, 07:54
Would be bizarre if a pilot managed to nick it.

911slf
5th Aug 2011, 09:21
Book your flight to Helium Island before 23:59 tonight! £9.00 +++++
Return journey tba......

west lakes
5th Aug 2011, 09:36
I'm just waiting for the newspaper story that it landed(??) somewhere and the council fined the owners for littering!

tony draper
5th Aug 2011, 09:55
Lets hope it does not float over the channel or it is liable to float back with 3000 illegal immigants hanging off it.
:uhoh: