Jack and The Beanstalk
What goes into a creation this size? First, we have to estimate on how many balloons this sculpture would need. Normally with our Super-structures, and some of our larger balloon decorations and decor, we have to order from a couple different suppliers as our orders are large enough to clean them out of certain colors. Then once we have the plan, it’s time to start the balloon twisting itself. The bulk of this creation was built only by two balloon twisters, Alexandra and I. We worked for about 10 hours creating the stalk itself. As with what happens sometimes when making a unique structure, about 2 hours into it, we realized the design was not going to have the impact and look we wanted. So we proceeded to take everything apart and start over.
When the beanstalk itself was finished, we then created several clouds to make the cloud cover and made sure the stalk continued through the clouds, giving the illusion that it would go on forever. The final addition, was to add a balloon recreation of Jack to the beanstalk. We then attached a small PVC support to the clouds. This was the only non-balloon support in the entire sculpture and was used only to give us something to tie off to and elevate it. When it comes to raising our Super-Structures, falling is not an option. We have an agreement with Joe Mahler, who literally wrote the book on knots, several books on knots to be exact. He has assisted in raising the majority of our balloon Super-Structures, including our full size Biplane. Although he’s technically not a balloon artist, his help on these creations is invaluable. With his help, we raised this two and a half story fairytale creation to the ceiling.
Looking back, magic beans would have easier, but this was much more fun.
3000 Balloon Rollercoaster
World’s Largest Balloon Rollercoaster
Think you’ve seen balloons? We love designing our super-sculptures around the country, but it’s extra special when we get to use our balloon artistry skills here in the Naples and Fort Myers area. Our latest creation just raised the bar and created the World’s Largest Balloon Rollercoaster clocking in at 3000 balloons and over 110 man hours! This super-sculpture was on display all week in Fort Myers, Florida.
First Church of the Nazarene kicked off its Vacation Bible School titled “Colossal Coaster” and asked Evans Entertainment to make them something extra special, and what they got is really hard to believe.
This massive creation has over 100 feet of track, 3000 balloons, and no supports of any kind. It’s 100% balloons! How do you come up with an idea like this? Well, the idea of a rollercoaster was easy, when they told us their theme, however, the planning was the hard part. We decided to design it loosely based on The Cyclone from Coney Island. The Coney Island Cyclone (better known as simply the Cyclone) is a historic wooden roller coaster opened in 1927 in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. It was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, 1991.
We were asked by Fox, when they came to look at it, “Why create something this large?” Creating sculptures like these are fantastic because people immediately stop, stare, and immediately bring out their cameras to capture the moment in time. Every child is fascinated by balloons, and every adult was once a child that wanted nothing more than a simple balloon creation. This brings that moment of wonder, not only in the children, but in the adults that have lost it over the years,especially with this sculpture combining two of the most iconic pieces of everyone’s child hood, you can’t help but smile and get that moment of astonishment.”
Is the planning and time worth it on a sculpture that will not be around in two weeks? Definitely, if anything it makes it more exciting. Like an ice sculpture, what people get to experience is a unique piece of art in a moment in time. Once it’s gone, it will never exist again, only through the pictures and the videos. I believe this small window creates a fantastic unforgettable experience.
Building a project of this size needed 10 to 15 people. There were four professional balloon artists involved, we had three from our company and we flew in a friend and colleague, Brian Getz, from Indianapolis to help with the design and execution. However, the big part was getting community volunteers. We had everyone from ages 12 to 65 chipping in. Some were inflating balloons, others were twisting columns and tracks, and still others were doing detail work on the sculpture.
Take a look at the video above and it shows a time lapse of the creation of the project with a photo taken every 10 seconds. Also, at the end there is a special treat! When Fox came down to document it, they took a GoPro camera and through the magic of special effects, you get to take a ride, experiencing every twist, turn, and tunnel of the full 100 feet of track on the World’s Largest Balloon Rollercoaster!
Godzilla Super Sculpture
It promised to be one of our biggest and most amazing sculptures yet! The movie that is being celebrated with all this hub-bub…. Godzilla.
The monster lives…
The reason they asked us to build our Super Sculpture of Godzilla was because the two actors from the original movie and many of the subsequent Godzilla movies were going to be there. Although there are several Godzilla conferences every year, these two being in attendance is very rare. That’s why we took several months to plan this guy and put together a great team, we wanted everything to be perfect. It would have to be built in Orlando as there was no way to build this guy here in Naples and Fort Myers and then transport him. All the balloon creation had to be built on site. The project took 4 months of planning just to decide on the design. Then with the execution, we brought in some of our fellow artists for help to make sure it could be finished in only one day. So after 120 man hours and 2500 balloons, a monster was born. Sixteen feet tall, twenty-three feet long, and looking mean!
Unfortunately, we had another event and had to leave the next morning, but the following day, before we left for our Masters of Magic show in Tampa, we thought we would just stop in to say hello and check on the sculpture. Each time they had hundreds of people in line and a several hour wait. Well, we were going to walk away, when one of the staff members pointed to us and said to Akira Takarada, the star of the 1954 Godzilla, “Those guys are the ones that made that.” (Our Godzilla creation had been right next to them for the convention)
Akira stopped what he was doing and had a huge smile on his face. He left the line and everyone and came up and gave us a huge bow and started telling us how much he loved it. Then he asked if it was okay if he got his picture with us! He asked someone to grab his camera out of his bag and we went in front of our creation. (Of course, we used our camera too.) He then instructed the person with his camera to take several shots from different angles.
We then talked to him and Haruo Nakajima, the man in the original Godzilla suit, and they asked us to sign the blueprints. Then Akira said he wanted to give us a gift and took out a canvas, then he brought out an ink well and bamboo and began to draw on it. He drew the Japanese symbols of Gojira (Godzilla) and then signed it to us from him. He then did something really cool, instead of only his signature, he brought out his stamp with his family crest, the way they do official documents since signatures can be forged, and placed it on the canvas. He wanted a couple more pictures with us and Haruo with the sculpture and his gift to us.
Then he gave us his card and his email address and asked for ours. He proceeded to talk to us about an event in Japan that he wants us to come to and visit and build this!
Well, it took us about 4 months of planning to put everything together for this project, but I must say it was a success! One of the best days ever!
If you see our sculpture going around Facebook and Twitter the next few days, please tag us in it!
If you interested, here is a video we made telling of some of the behind the scenes of what goes into a Super Sculpture like this, it also shows some Easter Eggs in our past Super Sculptures.
Here is also a gallery of some pictures of the Godzilla build, including Haruo Nakajima, the man who wore the Godzilla suit in the 1954 movie and 13 Godzilla movies in front of it.
An Exclusive Unique Option for Your Next Event!
Whether the event is at your clubhouse in Naples, your home in Bonita, or a Park in Fort Myers, we know everyone wants that something special to make their event or party stand out. This is an option that we have only offered exclusively when people have asked for it in the past and have seen it at our events, but we are proud to now offer as a full option to your next event.
More Than Party Favors
Many times the party favors are a challenge for the host to put together with so much else going on with the event from room rentals to decorations to food to entertainment. These Balloon Creation Party Cups are party favors that are something unique that people have never seen before and create a truly impressive gift to take home.
Designed for Your Event
The balloon artistry on top is really what makes these unique as each one is designed for the theme of your event. We have done everything from Elsa and Anna for Frozen Parties to Spiderman and Batman for Superhero Birthday Parties to CEo Caricatures and company logos for corporate events and trade shows. When you have a table of these as your guests arrive, it really builds excitement, brings the theme together, and they leave with a fantastic keepsake.
Inside These Cups
We put several items inside the cup, such as a care sheet for the balloon creation on top, but there is room for anything else you want to put inside from candy to party favors.
Please email us or fill out a form for your next event. Let us know the theme you are thinking about and we would love to help make your next event unique! Unfortunately, unless we are in for an event, these Balloon Artistry Party Cups are only available in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita, and elsewhere in Lee and Collier County.
Southwest Florida's #1 Balloon Artist
Put the simple balloon dog out of your mind for a moment. Our balloons are not only the customary dogs and teddy bears, but eye-popping bracelets, hats, ride-insides, and other wearables. Crowds of all ages are simply enthralled when watching balloons take form.
We have featured our balloon art not only around Fort Myers, Naples, Marco Island, and South Florida, but at resorts and cruise ships across the globe as far away as Australia. Our creations are seen regularly not only at a variety of restaurants and sporting events around Fort Myers and Naples, but on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ships, such as the Oasis and the Allure.
Obviously perfect for children’s events, balloon art is perfect for everything from corporate events, trade shows, community events, fairs, festivals, etc… Not only has Joey Evans been performing for over a decade, lectured and released numerous books and videos on the subject, but has had audiences ranging from celebrities such as Matt Damon to two United States presidents, which means to you that you can breathe easy knowing that your event is in good hands.
Our balloon art is set apart not only in the complexity and artistic form of the creations, but the entertainment as well. Balloon art is one of those things that is just as entertaining to watch as it is if you are the one at the front of the line.
Whether you simply want a dog, a shark, a mummy, a fairy costume, or a massive monkey in a palm tree, what you truly want is a successful event where everyone leaves with a smile. It’s easy to see why Evans Entertainment is ranked as the “Best Entertainment in Southwest Florida” and why we work so hard to keep that reputation. As with everything we offer our guarantee that you will be thrilled. So add a twist to your next event and take it up a level.