painting on the left above provided the
inspiration for this 9' by 12' balloon art
graphic. The painting was one of those selected
by Rocky Toomey to decorate the Final Night Gala
at the 2002 International Balloon Arts Convention
(IBAC) in Chicago, IL, USA. The event setting was
an art gallery complete with eight large balloon
"paintings" and a variety of
magnificent balloon sculptures as well.
The painting was translated into
a balloon design by Graham & Mary Queen Rouse
of Rouse International in Columbia SC, USA. The
design was assembled and installed by IBAC staff
and volunteers attending the balloon convention
with Qualatex balloons and an expandable Rouse
Matrix Systems framework.
The "Sailboats" balloon painting was framed with gold
balloons as were all the balloon paintings that
graced the walls of the art gallery gala event.
Spotlights on the balloon paintings helped them
to stand out in the darkened room.
You may notice that some
of the edges of the figures have been changed
from the original balloon design in the finished piece .
This was done to save time to finish a huge
decorating project with limited manpower.
The original design
calls for multiple, smaller balloons to go into
some individual opening in the framework to make
the lines straight in some places and to make
smooth curves in other places. The use of one
balloon per opening gets the idea across with
fewer balloons in less time. The plans available here for download show the more elaborate,