As a hobby Artist Tomi Ungerer builds kites, which he flies on the beach near his Long Island summer home. Ungerer's whim dictates the size and shape of the kites, many of which he gives bizarre names, such as 'Death Head' (below). In the fall he destroys all his kites, starting to build anew the next summer. On these pages Photographer Pete Turner focuses his colored filters on Ungerer's world
This gargantuan creation, basically a box kite seven feet wide, was made of shelf paper and wood moldings from a lumberyard and painted with India ink.
Ungerer strolls the beach with "Fish" (left) and the box kite (right), two of the 50 that he created last summer.
"Experimenting is the most exciting part. Of course, you have to learn about the basics first, but the fascinating thing is to make something unlikely fly."