Fantastic Flying Octopus

A 23-member team of balloon artists, an eight-member flight crew, and countless community members were needed to launch the first ever piloted latex balloon sculpture. Nearly 20,000 animal balloons were twisted together by the hand-picked team of artists from around the US and Canada to create the Fantastic Flying Octopus. Several thousand people showed up to watch the construction and launch of the craft, powered by wind and 10,000 cubic feet of helium.

Designer: Larry Moss
Pilot: John Ninomiya
Project Type: Parade/Flight
Location: Sodus Point, NY
Year: 2003
Approximate Size: 40’w; 10,000 cubic feet of Helium
Approximate Number of Balloons:
 20,000
Crew Members: 23
Flight Crew: 8
Build Days: 5
Exhibition Duration: 1 day