At a recent corporate family fun day, where Original Crêpes were providing catering, we saw an interesting attraction for those assembled, in the form of a balloon sculptor. We hold more than a passing interest in “normal” sculpture (namely carving and clay modelling) and we always take an interest in any works of art at venues we attend with our mobile crepe stand. So although balloon sculpture probably wouldn’t fall within the definition of fine art (though we are pretty sure there will be some in Tate Modern) it was of interest nonetheless.
We’ve all seen sausage dogs and giraffes made from balloons, but this particular sculptor also made other items including cartoon characters and a rather impressive spider. Our only concern was that as he was located fairly close to our mobile crepe station, the balloons may have popped due to the heat as it was a very warm day indeed.
As the event was a corporate family fun day, there were many children present and in addition to pancakes, it seems that kids also love shiny balloon animals. It seemed that the smaller the child, the more sculptures they wanted to collect (we’ve also noticed that the smallest kids really love pancakes at parties and can eat unbelievable amounts – it’s as though they are smaller on the outside than the inside). One particularly young girl had so many balloons we thought she may have been in danger of floating away, however after scoffing down a couple of chocolate crepes, we are confident she had enough ballast on board to remain safely on the ground.
When our crepe cart is hired for corporate events such as the one in question, our service remains much the same, in that we provide as many crepes as possible during the allocated time and we try to remain undistracted from the on-going events. However when we are situated next to a man producing an interesting new sculpture every few minutes, it can be hard concentrating on the task at hand.