WHAT WE DO:
Airigami creates incredible air-filled installations, illustrations and animations for clients worldwide.
Larry Moss & Kelly Cheatle of Airigami are available for interviews about their unique artwork, as well as the following topics: The Maker Movement, STEM/STEAM Education and Accessible Public Art.
LARRY MOSS, Founder & Creative Director
LARRY is full of hot air and visionary ideas. He was inspired and encouraged to explore music in his youth. His love of the stage and all things creative led him through a variety of artistic transformations and entrepreneurial revelations. As a teen, Larry experimented with juggling and magic on street corners in NYC. It was there that he first discovered the key to success was drawing a crowd, and that his best tricks were the larger-than-life, lighter-than-air creations he was creating from balloons. Larry dropped his juggling clubs to make room for the award-winning installations he now shares with audiences around the world. As an artist, author, speaker, and educator, Larry uses balloons to entertain and teach everywhere he travels. With his wife and partner, Kelly Cheatle, he twists them into community-building art experiences, photo illustrations, and stop-motion animation.
KELLY CHEATLE, Artistic Director
KELLY specializes in elegantly loud design, and is a materials and process maven. Her artwork varies in scale by several orders of magnitude, from massive multi-story installations to miniature sculptures small enough to sit comfortably on a penny. A graphic designer/illustrator by trade, Kelly enjoys any opportunity to apply her unique brand of visual design and multimedia construction techniques to transform spaces into places of interest and activity. She believes that shared art experiences and installations enrich community and facilitate ownership and inclusion. Along with her husband and partner Larry Moss, she leads teams of artists and community volunteers to construct ephemeral installations that enchant diverse audiences of all ages.
Airigami is based in the Rochester, NY ECO-DISTRICT at the creative campus, MADE ON STATE located at 510 State Street, Suite 7, Rochester, NY 14618.
Whenever possible Airigami composts the latex balloons used in our installations with our partners at IMPACT EARTH. As founding board members of PEBA USA, we do not participate in intentional helium balloon releases.
Airigami artwork has been exhibited throughout North America and in more than 16 countries worldwide, including: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Japan.
AWARDS / APPEARANCES:
Guinness World Record: Largest Balloon Minifigure Sculpture, (2015)
Silver Abby Award, (Ogilvy & Mather: Vodaphone/Bandra Festival) (2013)
Featured in Cabinet Magazine (2010)
Appearance as a guest on The Today Show (2009)
Featured in The Wall Street Journal (2009)
Installed large scale sculpture on White House lawn (2009, 2010)
Appeared as a guest on the Martha Stewart Show (2008)
Associated Press (AP) feature story and photos of Balloon Manor (2006)
Feature story on PBS’ Assignment: the World series, aired nationally (2006)
Featured in Smithsonian Magazine (2006)
Multiple appearances on CNN Headline News for large-scale community projects (2003 – 2006)
Feature story in American Profile magazine (2005)
Balloon Excellence Award and Crystal Award from balloon industry (2005, 2006)
“Outstanding New Yorker in Arts & Entertainment” award from NYS Jaycees (2004)
Feature story on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! television series (2003)
Guinness World Record for largest, non-round balloon sculpture (Belgium, 2000)
“Best Balloon Sculpture” from Special Events magazine (2000)
Snyder Catalyst, Maker Media, Vodaphone (Ogilvy & Mather), OREO (360i), The Cause Collaborative, Badfish Consulting.
Sally Cohen (media inquiries only)
Phone: (585) 749-1795