Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Take Flight"....into a new office space

I was called in to Microsoft to assist in the launch of their new offices and workspaces. Encouraging innovation in their staff they wantd them to 'take flight', and what better way to illustrate this theme than with balloons.

Using a number of sizes, from 16", 24" and 3' balloons, we set about the task. Also wanting their staff to bend their minds Microsoft required some "balloon bending".
I was having fun with this one. We used some 5.5' balloons for this purpose.

Then to the cafe area for some ceiling work. Not able to create the balloons in midair, we created an illusion of the ballons magically hanging up in the ceiling (no hooks and no helium involved here) to create a bit of a random, think outside the square and go with the flow effect.

You get a better idea of the cafe look from this picture. Taking flight and ideas cascading all over the place.

This is the only office photo that I can use here. Security. We had large 3' balloons placed through the offices as well as 250 of the yellow 15" single bubbles distributed to the workstations (not able to take photos of the workstations).
The installation was required to last for 2 weeks. No problems. I used Ultra Hi Float and most of it lasted three weeks.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Harry Potter Premiere

Midnight, 18th November and the much anticipated Harry Potter Deathly Hallows (pt 1) was released. For the Premiere event we were asked by Events Cinema's at Castle Towers to dress their cinema and also Gold Class for the event.

What better way to greet the many witches and wizards than an 11 metre Nagini (Voldemorts snake). Tickets could only be purchased once you passed underneath his watchful eyes. Careful now.

The event was absolutely huge. The cinema didn't want the Nagini's in place too early. As a result, some of the die hard Potter fans started arriving just as we were finishing off.
As you can see the Gold Class had cauldrons, brooms and even a polyjuice potion cocktail, especially devised for the event.

The cinema did a great job with their decor and the Nagini slithering above their guests was the finishing touch....and of course the local Harry Potter fans.

Many thanks to my friend and colleague John Martin from Balloons Funtastic in NZ, for giving me his "eel" design for this event.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I need an entry to WOW the audience!

The rock band Good Charlotte came to Sydney last November for one concert at Luna Park in the Big Top. The entry of the Big Top is a bit 'industrial' looking, so the client wanted to transform it to a WOW area. As well as transforming ugly to WOW, the client wanted to create a physical barrier to keep the audience away from the sound box and other AV and lighting equipment that was up the back.

The budget was not excessive, but we were able to create the WOW they were after using the fantastic 40" starpoints. We linked these together to create two 16 metre walls that fitted perfectly from floor to ceiling. It created the physical barrier as well as the WOW that was required.

The client was ecstatic with the finished product and the fact that we were on budget. She had looked at a number of other options but most were outside her strict budget.
As they say on the A-Team "I love it when a plan comes together!"

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Welcome to 2011. Yes, there is a pulse and the blog still shows signs of life. I apologise that I have been off the air for so long. We have been extremely busy over the silly season, and are now enjoyng a short break. However, I thought I had better show you the proof of our MAD-ness in the last few months.

So....... have you ever wondered what almost 2,000 balloons looks like on level 36 of the Shangri-La in Sydney? Well, here it is. As yu can see it pretty much fills the space. Between this and the other two levels we completely decorated the team was glad when it was over.

Now much as I would like to say that the patrons were paying serious dollars to come and see our fabulous balloons, I think the view may have something to do with it. It is the best view of the world's largest NYE fireworks display in Australia's biggest city