The soccer player sculpture is the largest
non-round balloon sculpture in the world. It was constructed
with 40,781 non-round balloons. There was no framing, line,
glue, or for that matter anything outside of inflated latex
balloons. Everything pictured (with the exception of the two
designers), including the people, the goal, and the grass, were
made from balloons. A total of 44 people worked on this project
in a variety of ways. Construction of the sculpture took over
640 man hours. The sculpture stood 25 feet (7.6 meters) tall
and was about 80 feet wide. Each of the soccer players was approximately
40 feet (12 meters) tall.
Why "non-round" balloon
Balloon sculpture takes on a variety of forms.
Most large balloon sculptures these days use round balloons.
These sculptures require materials such as string, mono filament
line, or some type of framing in order to hold them together.
Non-round, or twisty balloons, which are most often thought
of as the balloons used to make balloon doggies can be shaped
and connected without the use of additional materials.
View a movie clip of
the construction from Ripley's Believe it or Not!