Its rare to be blown away by art, but Jason Hackenwerth is a breath of fresh air. His balloon sculptures are something that I have never seen before and definitely make me smile. These aline-like structures take about 3 days each to make, and are made up of nothing but thousands of balloons. He takes balloon animals to a whole new level.
The largest sculpture Jason has made is more than 40ft long. These amazing creations give us a small insight into the mind of the 39 year old New York artist who began using balloons after becoming skilled with them as a street performer during his college years.
"I wouldn't say I set out to make underwater creatures but that's what people seem to see in them most often. I spend lots of time sketching and planning the sculptures I make. The ideas come from all over"
These sculptures are not only made to hang from the ceiling, but they are also wearable. He has made and performed in these huge wearable sculptures calling them "Megamites" at shows and festivals around the world. Jason’s sculptures bear a surprisingly organic look, so it seems almost logical that they would walk and interact with people. After some time, the balloons begin to deflate, so each structure has a life, reminding us all of the transience of our own lives.
To see more of Jasons work, go here