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Airigami, the art of folding air in specially prepared latex containers includes the flying octopus, giant soccer players, and many others. [via growabrain]
posted by Armitage Shanks (10 comments total)

 
A lot of this stuff is cool, and in particular, I really like the penguins and the soccer players. I think the "folding air" conceit is pretty stupid, though. He doesn't shape air, he shapes balloons.
posted by OmieWise at 8:06 AM on April 12, 2006


I love the American Gothic in balloons. Nice post.
posted by caddis at 8:13 AM on April 12, 2006


So, this Airigami, it's a fancy name for the balloon animals, yes?
posted by antifuse at 8:29 AM on April 12, 2006


The 'specically prepared' part seems to suggest that these are simply oddly-shaped balloons.
posted by Keefa at 8:52 AM on April 12, 2006


Domo Airigami.
posted by Floydd at 8:55 AM on April 12, 2006


Speaking as a (very amateur) balloon sculptor, I have a lot of respect for this guy's craftsmanship and artistry. He really is brilliant. Check out the haunted house balloons-- am I detecting shades of Gahan Wilson in the design here? But "airigami"? Give me a break. You're not supposed to blow up all those balloons by mouth, and I fear for Mr. Moss's brain oxygen.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:53 AM on April 12, 2006


It doesn't need a fancy name (well, misnomer, anyway) but it is pretty cool. Question, though: are balloons recyclable? If not, what happens to them once the sculptures are deflated?
posted by arcticwoman at 10:26 AM on April 12, 2006


Won't someone think of the sea creatures!
Balloons are hazards when they enter the aquatic environment because they can look a great deal like jellyfish—a major source of food for many animals. Sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, and seabirds have been reported with balloons in their stomachs.
posted by squink at 10:50 AM on April 12, 2006


Wow, beautiful.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:41 PM on April 12, 2006


Larry Moss is a hack — I see no dachshunds.
posted by rob511 at 7:46 PM on April 12, 2006


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