Rouse Shangri-La Tapestry

1 Shangri-La Home   6 Visual Play
2 Big View   7 Systems
3 Stage Views   8 Preparation
4 Early Designs   9 Realities
5 Palace View   10 Impact
This 24' by 17' balloon graphic is one of the masterpieces of balloon art. It is an original graphic design by Graham & Mary Queen Rouse for the 2003 International Balloon Arts Convention (IBAC). Phenyls and tassels were added to complete the look of this 16 color, 7000 balloon tapestry. It was hung as the stage backdrop for the final night awards banquet.

Design by Graham & Mary Queen Rouse of Rouse International, Columbia, SC, USA

The evening festivities were set in the palace at Shangri-La. The tapestry portrays the view from the palace across the balcony into the valley of Shangri-La and on to the snow covered mountains that surround this idealic, hidden civilization.

The tapestry was not eligible for an award and received no specific acknowledgement in the proceedings of the evening. However, once guests realized that the backdrop was actually balloons and not a painting like the monochrome mountains on the rear wall, they were dazzled. Balloon veterans of 15 to 20 years and more who were in attendance ranked this as one of the best pieces of balloon art they had ever seen.

Link from here to a larger view along with more details and information on how the balloon tapestry was designed and then built largely with people NOT experienced in the Rouse Matrix Systems framework that holds it all together.

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Visit one or more of the galleries listed in the navigation bar at the top of the page. [Under Construction]
OnLine Directions
This link leads to a larger view of the tapestry, more photos, as well as descriptions and discussions on how this work was designed and and then built largely with people inexperienced in the use of Rouse Matrix Systems.
Directions In Print Specific directions are not available for download & printing, but do visit RMS Basics and the Banner Tutorial for related information.
RMS Catalog
Visit the Rouse Custom Shop General Catalog for purchase info on the RMS Banner expandable frameworks used to make this design.
RMS Honeycomb Graph Paper
Click to download special RMS honeycomb graph paper to layout your own variations of this design. View and print with "Acrobat Reader". Available FREE if not already installed in your computer.
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