Inflatables as Art


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The world of inflatables is as adaptable as the world of experimental art. You may think I’m crazy for saying so, but hear me out. If you think about the number of types of inflatables there are in the world (inflatable bounce houses, inflatable yacht slides, jumpers, etc.) and think about the various kinds of art displayed at this moment, it’s not that farfetched. Interestingly enough, there is a recent work of art that asserts my notion.

In a recent post on Fast Co Design, a writer describes a project being taken on by ‘architects of air’:

“Peer inside the pillowy innards and you can see grown adults burrowing into the billowing neon tunnels, or gawking in quiet amazement at the stained glass-like domes.”

This is just the beginning of these inflatable installations, which are an amazing lighted journey that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. The currecnt project resides in Australia at the moment, outside of the Sydney Opera House. However, this is not the only project this firm has taken up in the name of inflatable art:

“For almost a decade, the firm has been building these pneumatic neon Hobbit holes, mounting 500 installations in an astounding 37 countries. Founder Alan Parkinson originated the concept in the ’80s and collaborated with a manufacturer in their hometown of Nottingham, U.K. to produce a proprietary PVC plastic only used on these inflatables.”

These inflatable structures are no simple task to construct and inflate either – even though the number of projects that have been completed is pretty high:

“Assembly…can take about four hours and reach a size of up to 1,000 square meters. The different components are zipped together and can be inflated to its full size — with domes about 10 meters high — in as little as 20 minutes. Each structure’s peaks and domes along its exterior results in a completely different experience inside, depending on how the sunlight is filtered and sliced.”

So you see? By utilizing something as simple as light, an inflatable can be transformed into a work of art!

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