About this print: The “Parafoil Parachute” image came from a parachuting event the artist attended in Florida. This type of parachute is highly controllable and can be flown like a glider. The colorful edges of the parafoil break through the rectangular borders of the image area enhancing the three-dimensional “floating” effect of the piece. This image, along with other flight related prints in this series, can be found in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
About the series: Through his interest in sailing the artist became aware of the increasing significance of leisure time pursuits as an American cultural obsession. Increasing economic prosperity has allowed the average person more time off and the money for leisure time activities. The artist observed that identifying strongly with a specific sporting activity is akin to joining a sub-culture; a social group identified by a common dress, terminology, etiquette, and set of behaviors. During the years 1975 through 1978 Pond traveled extensively around the United States to create this series showing leisure time enthusiasts in their finest moments.