by Jake Clapp
Airigami announced today the theme of its first "Airigami Balloon Adventure" build as well as details about events surrounding the installation. Around 60 artists and volunteers will help construct "Journey on the Genesee," a five-story, 50-foot sculpture made from more than 40,000 compostable balloons, inside the Sibley Building atrium.
"Journey on the Genesee" will be Airigami's seventh local installation (formerly titled "Balloon Manor") and its third in the Sibley Building (250 East Main Street). Construction will begin Monday, January 25, and will open at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 29. The sculpture will remain on display through Sunday, February 7, when everything will be deflated during a popping party.
Both the build and the installation will be on display for free, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.
"We are incredibly excited to recreate nature with balloons -- the river, waterfalls, animals, plants -- inside, in the middle of winter," says Larry Moss, Airigami artistic director and founder. "And we're doing it all in an environmentally sound way, generating almost no waste, and composting the remains." For more information about Airigami, this year's installation, and some of the events that will be surrounding the build, visit airigamiadventure.com.