These colourful balloon animals look incredibly lifelike (we want ’em all!)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 21 July 2015

When you’re a kid, there’s nothing as exciting as being handed a balloon animal. And now as adults, we’ve gone full circle with Sarah Deremer’s Balloon Zoo series.

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Installation of thousands of suspended white balloons

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Friday 7 December 2012

William Forsythe’s installation entitled Scattered Crowd is a combination of thousands of suspended white balloons and music by Ekkehard Ehlers. According to Forsythe, this intriguing space is ‘an air-borne landscape of relationship, of distance, of humans and emptiness, of coalescence and decision’. Forsythe’s incredible installation has been installed in galleries, museums, banks, and many other spaces around the world, and ‘Scattered Crowd’ will make its next appearance at the Bockenheimer Depot in 2013.

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Wedding dresses made from balloons by Rie Hosokai

Bridget Barnett Contributor

By Bridget Barnett in New Fashion on Monday 15 August 2011

Insanely talented Japanese artist Rie Hosokai is taking balloon twisting away from kids parties and into high fashion. The handmade dresses start at US$2,000, which can seem a little hefty when you consider the balloons will start to deflate after twenty four hours.

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Airigami: the art of folding air

Nini Baseema Contributor

By Nini Baseema in New Art on Friday 24 June 2011

Vincent van Gogh used paint. Auguste Rodin worked in bronze. Larry Moss shapes air with the use of balloons. And why not? His series of old masterworks might be a blow up, but it’s surely a lovely and very creative one!

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Muppets made from balloons

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Design on Saturday 29 January 2011

The Black Cat Balloon Company have created this epic set of Muppet characters out of balloons, air, and hard work. Our favourite? Animal. Of course.

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Jason Hackenwerth’s balloon art

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Monday 4 January 2010

Jason Hackenwerth must get invited to a lot of parties with his amazing balloon-animal-making skills. I’d like to see an average clown or magician make elephant-sized plankton and protozoa.

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Balloon art

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Photography on Saturday 3 October 2009

Damn! There’s some creative people out there. Who would have thought so much could be done with some colourful balloons and a head full of ideas.

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The balloon art of Jason Hackenwerth

Nikki Savvides Reader Find

By Nikki Savvides in New Art on Thursday 10 September 2009

When I was a kid, I loved balloon animals and was always sad when the colourful, inflatable creatures I bought home from shows and circuses slowly deflated. I think Jason Hackenwerth may have had a similar passion, which he has transformed into a peculiar form of art-making: balloon sculpture. Drawing inspiration from nature, Hackenwerth brings strange animals and bizarre landscapes to life through the twisting and turning of hundreds and thousands of balloons. Reminiscent of millipedes, of crustaceans, of deep sea fishes and waterborne plants, his giant works make the microscopic macroscopic. Rendered larger-than-life but yet unnaturally airborne they are brilliantly surreal, capturing the transcendentalism of both air and of nature itself.

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