Japanese artist has filmed himself creating complex objects out of twisted balloons.
Ryo Kajiyama, from Japan, spends several hours a day twisting together balloons to create objects such as pots and pans, toilets, staplers and even pistols. Ryo also uses balloons to recreate popular cartoon characters such as Pokemon, Minions and Olaf from Frozen. Continue reading »
We all have that friend who pollutes our Facebook or Instagram feed. Now the actual toxic waste they spill might differ, but whether it’s cringy boomer comics or their very, very amateur nature photos, even the most mundane posts can become poisonous in huge amounts. Continue reading »
Balloons of the installation “Heartbeat” are seen at Covent Garden Market in London, Thursday, August 27, 2015. “Heartbeat” is French artist Charles Petillon’s first public art installation and his first ever live work outside of France, uniting modern art with world-class architecture. Weaving its way through the South Hall of the Grade II listed Market Building, “Heartbeat” is created from 100,000 white balloons and stretches 54 meters in length and 12 meters in width, incorporating gentle pulsating white light to symbolise the beating of a heart and reflect the history, energy and dynamism of the district. (Photo by Frank Augstein/AP Photo)
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Cappadocia has unreal amazing landscape which makes Balloon flights one of worlds the top 3. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and features and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region. Continue reading »
Hot-air balloons are pictured from a control tower while flying over Chambley-Bussieres, eastern France, on July 31, 2013, to try to set a world record with 408 balloons in the sky, as part of the yearly event “Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons”, an international air-balloon meeting. (Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP Photo) Continue reading »
Google is launching balloons into near space to provide internet access to buildings below on the ground. About 30 of the superpressure balloons are being launched from New Zealand from where they will drift around the world on a controlled path. Attached equipment will offer 3G-like speeds to 50 testers in the country.
Access will be intermittent, but in time the firm hopes to build a big enough fleet to offer reliable links to people living in remote areas. It says that balloons could one day be diverted to disaster-hit areas to aid rescue efforts in situations where ground communication equipment has been damaged. But one expert warns that trying to simultaneously navigate thousands of the high-altitude balloons around the globe’s wind patterns will prove a difficult task to get right. Google calls the effort Project Loon and acknowledges it is “highly experimental” at this stage.
Each balloon is 15m (49.2ft) in diameter – the length of a small plane – and filled with lifting gases. Electronic equipment hangs underneath including radio antennas, a flight computer, an altitude control system and solar panels to power the gear. Google aims to fly the balloons in the stratosphere, 20km (12 miles) or more above the ground, which is about double the altitude used by commercial aircraft and above controlled airspace. Google says each should stay aloft for about 100 days and provide connectivity to an area stretching 40km in diameter below as they travel in a west-to-east direction. (BBC News)
A fully inflated test balloon sits in a hangar at Moffett Field airfield in California. Google is testing the balloons which sail in the stratosphere and beam the Internet to Earth. (Photo by Andrea Dunlap/Google) Continue reading »
The popular Macy’s parade in New York, attended by more than 3 million people and watched by 50 million on TV, included such giant balloons as Elf on a Shelf and Papa Smurf, a new version of Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Sailor Mickey Mouse and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Real-life stars included singer Carly Rae Jepsen and Rachel Crow of “The X Factor.” Across the country, parades in other cities, including Philadelphia and Detroit, were enjoyed by tens of thousands of people who lined the streets to watch marching bands and giant balloons. Photos by Charles Sykes/Associated Press. Continue reading »
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