This giant inflatable toad looks pretty pleased with himself. But then, if we were a giant toad with our own private lily pad big enough for us to bask on, we’d be pretty pleased with ourselves too. The 22-meter (72 foot) tall inflated amphibian is currently relaxing on the lake in Yuyuantan Park in downtown Beijing. He’s called the “Toad of Rejuvenation” or the “Golden Toad” and his presence is a traditional Chinese good luck symbol meant to bring “blessings and fortune.”

Meanwhile we’re wondering if the Golden Toad hopes that, if he sits there long enough, Florentijn Hofman’s world-traveling giant inflatable rubber duckie will eventually swim by.

Photos by Chen Boyuan of China.org

[via Neatorama]

We just learned about another awesome artist who makes things that look like other things. Brett Kern is an artist and teacher based in Elkins, West Virginia who created a wonderful series of ceramic sculptures that look exactly like inflatable dinosaurs, astronauts, and balloons.

Visit Brett Kern’s website to view more of his bright and playful artwork.

[via Gessato]

Here’s something awesome to look forward to on Thanksgiving besides the feast itself and seemingly endless leftovers: There’s going to be an Adventure Time balloon in the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The balloon will feature best friends Finn and Jake, who will no doubt be having the time of their lives floating above the streets of New York City with so many tiny friends waving up at them.
NBC will broadcast the parade on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 from 9 AM to 12 PM (in all time zones).
[via Laughing Squid]

Here’s something awesome to look forward to on Thanksgiving besides the feast itself and seemingly endless leftovers: There’s going to be an Adventure Time balloon in the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The balloon will feature best friends Finn and Jake, who will no doubt be having the time of their lives floating above the streets of New York City with so many tiny friends waving up at them.

NBC will broadcast the parade on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 from 9 AM to 12 PM (in all time zones).

[via Laughing Squid]

It’s a lucky thing that this brave Doctor Who was in attendance at Gen Con Indy 2013, otherwise we might all have been devoured by the Dread Balloonthulhu.
This awesome 20-foot-tall Balloon Cthulhu was created at the most recent Gen Con gaming convention by Tim Thurmond, aka The Balloon Sculptor, from Brighton, Michigan. It was made using roughly 1300 balloons and a whole lot of ancient evil. Click here to watch time-lapse video of the construction process.
Cthulhu fhtagn.
[Photos via io9 and the Gen Con Facebook page]

It’s a lucky thing that this brave Doctor Who was in attendance at Gen Con Indy 2013, otherwise we might all have been devoured by the Dread Balloonthulhu.

This awesome 20-foot-tall Balloon Cthulhu was created at the most recent Gen Con gaming convention by Tim Thurmond, aka The Balloon Sculptor, from Brighton, Michigan. It was made using roughly 1300 balloons and a whole lot of ancient evil. Click here to watch time-lapse video of the construction process.

Cthulhu fhtagn.

[Photos via io9 and the Gen Con Facebook page]

Bouncy bouncy, ooh such a good time…

Contemporary choreographer William Forsythe, artist and dancer Dana Caspersen, and composer and scientist Joel Ryan collaborated to create this awesome interactive art installation called the White Bouncy Castle:

"The visitor’s unavoidable inclusion in the idiosyncratic kinetics of Dana Caspersen and William Forsythe’s «White Bouncy Castle» creates a choreographic space where there are no spectators, only participants. The choreography that appears, led by Joel Ryan’s encompassing soundtrack, is the result of complete physical destabilization and the resulting social absurdity. The inadvertent euphoria that results from the situation is infectious and, in some cases, addictive."

This beautiful and utterly enchanting ‘choreographic object’ was recently installed as part of an annual dance theatre festival in Berlin, Germany called Foreign Affairs, which took place in June and July 2013. We feel giddy just looking at it, so we can only imagine how much fun it must be to actually play inside the White Bouncy Castle.

[via Nerd Like You]

Edmonton, Alberta-based balloon artist Phileas Flash of Flash Balloons created this awesome balloon sculpture depicting Eddard “Ned” Stark, from HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones, solemnly sitting upon the Iron Throne.
There’s something extra delightful about a balloon sculpture depicting objects that are inherently sharp and pointy. Who’s up for a balloon sword fight?
[via Obvious Winner]

Edmonton, Alberta-based balloon artist Phileas Flash of Flash Balloons created this awesome balloon sculpture depicting Eddard “Ned” Stark, from HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones, solemnly sitting upon the Iron Throne.

There’s something extra delightful about a balloon sculpture depicting objects that are inherently sharp and pointy. Who’s up for a balloon sword fight?

[via Obvious Winner]

Behold the inflatable wonder that is Balloon Mario riding Balloon Yoshi. When is Nintendo going to make a Super Mario Bros. game that looks like this?
Remember that awesome Balloon Buzz Lightyear costume we posted about back in May? It was created and modeled by a gifted balloon-twisting artist name Jeff Wright. We just discovered that Jeff made this playful costume too. We are officially impressed.
The only thing missing is a balloon Koopa Troopa shell for Balloon Mario and Yoshi to kick around. That is, assuming Balloon Mario wouldn’t pop himself in the process.
[via Geekologie and Google’s trusty Reverse Image Search]

Behold the inflatable wonder that is Balloon Mario riding Balloon Yoshi. When is Nintendo going to make a Super Mario Bros. game that looks like this?

Remember that awesome Balloon Buzz Lightyear costume we posted about back in May? It was created and modeled by a gifted balloon-twisting artist name Jeff Wright. We just discovered that Jeff made this playful costume too. We are officially impressed.

The only thing missing is a balloon Koopa Troopa shell for Balloon Mario and Yoshi to kick around. That is, assuming Balloon Mario wouldn’t pop himself in the process.

[via Geekologie and Google’s trusty Reverse Image Search]

Reminiscent of Jeff Koons' famous Balloon Dog sculptures, this 80-foot-tall inflatable red Balloon Dog is the work of artist Paul McCarthy. It was installed at the Frieze New York Art Fair.

We think it looks like either a fantastic new alternative to a bouncy castle or a great place to take a nap à la My Neighbor Totoro.

Photos by the Arts Observer, Sandra Hamburg, and the New York Times respectively.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Meet Jeff Wright, a gifted balloon artist and (clearly) a huge fan of the Toy Story series. Jeff created this awesome Buzz Lightyear costume using nothing but an untold number of carefully interwoven balloons.
Click here to watch a brief video of Jeff modeling his suit while impersonating Buzz Lightyear. 
Jeff and his wife Rachel are moving to Bolivia to serve as volunteers at the Life Center Orphanage in the city of Cochabamba, where they’ll no doubt be entertain the children with awesome balloon creations like this. Visit their website to learn more about their charitable efforts.
[via Oddity Central]

Meet Jeff Wright, a gifted balloon artist and (clearly) a huge fan of the Toy Story series. Jeff created this awesome Buzz Lightyear costume using nothing but an untold number of carefully interwoven balloons.

Click here to watch a brief video of Jeff modeling his suit while impersonating Buzz Lightyear

Jeff and his wife Rachel are moving to Bolivia to serve as volunteers at the Life Center Orphanage in the city of Cochabamba, where they’ll no doubt be entertain the children with awesome balloon creations like this. Visit their website to learn more about their charitable efforts.

[via Oddity Central]

Artist Larry Moss (previously featured here) and the rest of the Airigami team recently completed this awesome 20-foot-long balloon sculpture of an Acrocanthosaurus, a predatory dinosaur from the early Cretaceous period. It took the team four days to create the giant inflated beast. He was installed in the Virgina Museum of Natural History beside the cast of an actual Acrocanthosaurus skeleton, where he’ll remain for as long as his component balloons can hold their air.

[via designboom]