Jerk Balloons tell people how you really feel

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 7 May 2014

Forget flowers. These days, you can say all you want with balloons. But just make sure you pick up Jerk Balloons – they’ll really show that person just what you’re thinking. Canada-based graphic designer Shauna Luedtke created this LOL-worthy collection of balloons that feature beautifully presented fonts and not-so-beautiful messages. Some of the nasty messages […]

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Why releasing 1.5 million balloons at once is a bad idea

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 21 March 2014

They say that too much of anything is bad. That’s true, even for balloons. In 1986, non-profit organization United Way of Cleveland held a fundraiser by attempting to break the world record for most balloons launched at once. They held the event in Cleveland’s Public Square, where hundreds of volunteers worked tirelessly, inflating 1.5 million balloons and gathering them under a net. When the balloons were released, it created a vista like no other, filling the sky with clouds of colour and plastic.

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Giant inflatable balloons are taking over public places

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Wednesday 5 March 2014

Penique Productions has come up with an incredible installation, using massive balloons that take over the entire space of a room. The balloons ‘press up against the balconies, alcoves, fountains and ceilings of public spaces, transforming otherwise familiar locales into colorful interiors plucked straight from an avant-garde horror film’.

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Glass table top levitating with the help of balloons

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 23 January 2014

Wow, wow. We loved Chris Duffy’s swing table and wolf shadow chair, but nothing prepared us for the cleverness of this table that looks like the table top is being lifted by helium balloons.

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The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Tuesday 20 August 2013

Europe’s largest ballooning event, The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, just recently finished it’s 35th display. Over the course of four days, more than 150 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes floated across the sky over the city of Bristol. This stunning event is definitely something you need to see at least once during […]

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Memory Balloon Lights by John Moncrieff

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 14 June 2013

We like balloons. We like lights. Naturally we like these Memory Balloon lights by John Moncrieff. Designed by Boris Klimek, these are meant to evoke happy childhood memories. These also remind us of the glowing balloons by Kouichi Okamoto, with a key difference: no actual balloons are used in Klimek’s version. All you need to […]

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20-foot balloon dinosaur at the Virginia Museum of Natural History

Eugenia Viti Reader Find

By Eugenia Viti in New Trends on Thursday 9 May 2013

That’s right, some wonderfully talented and imaginative people teamed up with school kids to make a twenty foot balloon Acrocanthosaurus for display at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Using a real skeleton of the dinosaur as a guide, they tried to make it as realistic as possible. However, nobody really knows what their skin […]

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The Art of Video Painting: new work by Steve Carr

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By Dawn Schuck in New Art on Friday 3 May 2013

Steve Carr’s Screen Shots from his Mystical Realisms; Modest Gestures series provide thought-provoking visuals that play upon the painting process itself. Carr’s left hand holds a balloon filled with paint. His right hand then slowly-does-it inserts a needle into the balloon. The balloon bursts in slow motion to reveal the containing paint as it falls […]

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This bridge is held afloat by balloons

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 28 November 2012

The Tatton Park Biennial 2012 recently ended in September, and it had some pretty cool stuff going on with artists responding to its Flights of Fancy theme. Olivier Grossetête’s childlike bridge, which stays above a lake of water with the help of three billowy hot-air balloons filled with helium, induces so much zen we just want to do nothing but stare it at for hours.

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These glowing balloons will light your dark, dark world

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 23 November 2012

Mix two of our favourite things, balloons and light, and it’s hard not to have a winner. Designed by Kouichi Okamoto, the balloon lamp fuses a high-intensity LED light with a translucent white balloon to light up its surroundings with a diffused glow. It can run for over 100 hours with the included batteries. Hmm, wonder if people who fear balloons will ever be cured of their phobia with the help of this form of light therapy.

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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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