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Balloon Art Has Ups And Downs

Thursday, February 4, 2010 17:20 GMT

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Creating sculptures entirely out of party balloons has its ups and downs.

Just ask Jason Hackenwerth, a former street clown-turned- artist who uses thousands of balloons to make art pieces resembling giant microorganisms, creepy insects, and weird sea monsters.

Hackenwerth works on his creations for days – sometimes using upwards of 12,000 balloons – but they don’t last long.

After being on display for about a month or so, the balloon sculptures begin to deflate, shrink, and shrivel.

He explains, “My art is like your grandma. Everytime you see it, it ages in front of your eyes.”

Another challenge for Hackenwerth is constant popping while working. He probably “breaks” about 10 percent of the balloons he uses.

Hackenwerth also has tedious task of blowing up the balloons himself with pumps and his own mouth, which gets exhausting.

His art will blow away spectators during a residency at The New Children’s Museum in San Diego February 11-16.