Status: 27/09/2023, 16:27 p.m.
By: Adriano D'Adamo
On the first day of the Oktoberfest, there is a big heart in the sky. On Tuesday, a pretzel followed. This action was dedicated to former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Munich – Former First Lady Michelle Obama visited Munich. She was a speaker at the start-up fair "Bits & Pretzels". Felix Haas, organizer of the fair, had the idea of saying goodbye to the wife of former US President Barack Obama with a special action: a huge pretzel in the sky above the Oktoberfest. The artwork was executed by someone who has experience painting in the Oktoberfest sky.
A large pretzel could be admired in the sky above the Oktoberfest. © fkn
After heart comes pretzels: action in the sky postponed by one day
Sascha Odermann was responsible for the pretzels in the sky. The action was already his second work of art in the Oktoberfest sky this year. On the first day of the Oktoberfest, he painted a large heart in the sky above the Theresienwiese. Haas had an idea on how to say goodbye to Michelle Obama on Tuesday (26 September) after the start-up fair. "Let's paint a Bits pretzel for Michele Obama," Haas thought, reports Bild.
Astonished Oktoberfest visitors capturing the spectacle. © fkn
However, not everything went according to plan. The pretzel was supposed to extend over the Oktoberfest sky on Monday (25 September). The action was planned when Michelle Obama drove to the fair, reports Bild. It failed because the test flights did not work out in terms of time.
No-fly zone over the Oktoberfest: protection of the event and visitors
In the end, thousands of Oktoberfest visitors were able to marvel at the pretzels in the sky and took plenty of photos of them. In order for this to be possible, Odermann had to obtain a special permit from the German air traffic control for his action. There is a no-fly zone over the Oktoberfest. This was built to protect the event and visitors, but also "so that there is not so much traffic over it, because every sport pilot wanted to fly over it," says Robert Ertler, press spokesman for German Aviation Safety, tz.de.
After Odermann received permission for his aerobatics over the Oktoberfest, it didn't necessarily have to be a pretzel in the sky. "What the action looks like is at his discretion," explains the press spokesman tz.de. With a large pretzel in the sky, Odermann and Hass bid farewell to the former first lady after her visit to Munich.
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