I have a soft spot for balloon sculptures. I worked in a balloon store for several years when I was in high school. When I got my driver’s license, I started dressing up as a clown and delivering balloons to people in the hospital. I’ve made several balloon sculptures over the years. Most of the time, I used 7-inch balloons attached to dowels (wooden sticks) stuck into a piece of Styrofoam in a clay flower pot. If you make your wooden sticks different heights, and add some ribbons and tissue paper, the colorful balloon bouquet looks a lot like a beautiful flower bouquet.
Even though I may have some experience with balloon sculptures, nothing I ever made looked anything like this humongous Tyrannosaurus Rex balloon sculpture! This badboy is 39 feet tall and is made from 1,400 balloons. Mark Verge, a balloon artist from Nova Scotia, spent 55 hours creating this particular sculpture, which is his largest dinosaur sculpture yet.
Many people think there must be a wire inside the sculpture to hold it all together, but there isn’t. He spent 17 years perfecting his own balloon weaving technique, which is how the dinosaurs take their form. In addition to this one, he’s also made a Triceratops, a Spinosaurus, a Utahraptor and a Stegosaurus. The Stegosaurus, which is made from 700 balloons, is pictured below. I remember when I used to make my balloon sculptures, which usually consisted of about 25 balloons, my fingers would get sore from tying them. I wonder if Mr. Verge’s fingers are sore from tying all these balloons. He probably uses that metal tier on the side of an air tank to tie each one.