Beautiful Balloons at Bergdorf’s by artist Jason Hackenwerth

Balloon artist, Jason Hackenwerth makes beautiful balloons for Bergdorf Goodman.

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Art + fashion come together as Jason uses his childhood  skills taught to him by his mother. He learned  how to make balloon animals for parties. From the Guggenheim to Hong Kong he creates art that slowly deflates to the size of a puppy. Here are several examples of his beautiful balloons. His body, face and lungs are his most important tools. This type of physical energy requires him to stretch and meditate each day. The balloon inflating machines just can’t blow up all the skinny beautiful balloons. At times, using over a thousand balloons, he must wear silk wraps on his fingers as the latex wears off his skin. Sometimes he has to make his beautiful balloons on site and make them in sections to be able to fit through doorways.

He began his career by creating these fantastical sculptures in the subway stations in New York City. He has figured out a way of knitting these protoplasmic beautiful balloons into monstrous creations. ” A balloon is a benign object that anyone can afford, but connected they transcend their individuality to become something greater, larger than life. It’s a metaphor for what we’re capable of as species when we unite.”

His works go far beyond the fashion world as he creates beautiful balloons for buildings, TED Talks, The Great Hall of Dinosaurs at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. In addition, he even creating swarms of protruding tentacles atop an ancient lava flow in Oregon. His beautiful balloons transformed Selfridges department store in London into a coral reef jellyfish colony. For this  project Hackenwerth and his assistants worked 10 hours to inflate and twist 35,000 balloons.

Lastly, while  beautiful balloons are not collectible art, he also creates large scale sculptures out of other materials.

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ARCHITECT ROBERT ADAM

Scottish architect Robert Adam became one of the most successful and fashionable architects in the 18th century in England. He was the leader of the Neo-Classical movement, also known as Adam Style. He influenced western architecture in Europe and North America. He did not just design buildings and homes, but accessories and furniture. I am particularly fond of his surface decorations within his rooms. Above is an example of one of his ceilings. the paintings were subcontracted, painted on canvas and applied to the ceiling later. the curly foliage you see is taken from antiquity and is known as “Grotesque Design”. Taken from the Italian word, “grotto” which is a subterranean garden.

Above is another example of an Adam ceiling. also, the use of unusual colors like pale greens, blues and even pinks became his signature. He would provide a set of plans to be purchased by the owner and various artists and artisans would execute the designs using elaborate mouldings.
above is an example of a wall and doorway using colored glass panels, gilding, and painted mouldings.
Here is an example of how the design of the arch of the doorway is repeated as a surface decoration on the ceiling creating continuity of design as well as the “movement” for which he is known.
Neo-Classic or Classic Revival are all terms used to describe design vernacular from the Greco/Roman culture circa 5th century. The revival came after two cities in southern Italy were discovered by accident while digging a tunnel. These cities were Pompeii and Herculaneum.
They were buried under volcanic ash and revealed all kinds of frescoes, architecture and art that were reproduced through an 18th c filter.
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This is one of his most well known exterior structures in Bath, England called the Pulteney bridge.
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