Inflatable Clouds at the Olympics

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Inflatable CloudsAfter several weeks of taking up the majority of our TV channels, the 2012 Olympics in London have finally drawn to a close. As you know, the Olympics – both summer and winter versions – are full of spectacular sites, performances and artistic elements during the opening and closing ceremonies. London’s version of the Olympics ceremonies featured a number of parts, including amazing musical performances from Eric Idle, Queen and a reunited Spice Girls. However, the most invigorating parts of these events were the aesthetically brilliant designs showcasing bright visuals and intricate choreography. Wouldn’t you know it? Inflatables were part of the show.

According to a story in the Harborough Mail, the Olympics opening ceremony featured inflatable clouds that floated around a stadium during the elaborate introduction of London as the newest site. The clouds that were designed were rather large:

“Imagine Inflatables, which is based in New Street, was commissioned earlier this year to create several eight-metre long inflatable clouds for the games’ lavish opening ceremony. The clouds formed props which were floated into position by some of the thousands of volunteer participants, and one specially-made cloud was even designed to have water pumped through it so it would ‘rain’ onto a house during the ceremony.”

One of the designers said that the clouds were completed back in June, including the one with the ability to rain. Each of the clouds were folded down for transportation reasons, minus the rain cloud, which had its own truck. This exposure is certainly a big deal for the inflatable company, which currently moved to a larger location:

“[The company] was established in 2001 and has expanded form a firm which was run from a spare bedroom to one which now occupies a warehouse and office space in New Street. The company moved to its New Street home last year from a smaller unit in Gilmorton. Six people are currently employed there.”