Forget Balloon Swords, Matsumoto Brings It to a Whole New Level
Remember when you used to ask for balloon swords, crowns, and dogs at all of your friends’ birthdays when you were a kid? Great, now forget about it, because your mind is about to be blown.
Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto has turned balloon twisting and tying into an actual art form. Never using tape, markers, or stickers to enhance his work, Matsumoto sticks with the basics to makes sculptures that are anything but… well, basic. Being particularly fond of animals, the intricacy in the different species’ patterns is remarkable to see interpreted into balloon form.
On the conceptual level, it’s pretty trippy to think that Matsumoto is basically using his own waste product (carbon dioxide, anyone?) to breathe life into the thinnest stretches of rubber. I guess if we can learn anything from this balloon artist, it’s to waste nothing—not even our exhales.