From ‘Bambi’ to Kites, His Work Flies High

March 26, 2015 4:05 AM

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After Tyrus Wong retired from the movie business nearly 50 years ago, he started making kites that he would fly over the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. To this day, bobbing on the end of his kite strings are colorful handmade creatures, including owls, centipedes, a pink-and-yellow caterpillar, a panda—sometimes more than a dozen at a time.

At age 104, Mr. Wong now needs a little help navigating the sand. But his handmade flying toys?

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