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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Life-Size Balloon Art

I had already done some articles about balloon art before and was very impressed with the skills of the artists, but this one left me in awe.

If you are familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien and his creations of Bag End and a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, you will instantly recognize the interior of Bilbo's home, which is replicated entirely by using balloons.

It took 2,600 balloons and 3 days of working 10 to 15 hours per day for Jeremy Telford to complete his mission; re-create Bag End.


Jeremy Telford, who is also known as the Balloon Guy, is a balloon artist from Pleasant Grove, Utah, and a huge fan of the world that sprouted from Tolkien's imagination.

Telford is also the author of the book "Balloonology" which is a must have if you like to learn the tricks of the trade. He performed at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002, and won an award at an international competition of balloon artists in Las Vegas in 2009.

This time, he made the news by fabricating a detailed balloon copy of Bag End in his own den, featuring a blazing fireplace, a chandelier, a fruit centerpiece, and a pantry with working doors, to name a few.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of his previous projects consisted of a life-size replica of a stegosaurus, a complete skeleton of a T. Rex, and a motorcycle.

One can't help but wonder what is next?!

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