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I have included some photographs and descriptions of my process for creating the word balloons at Hallwalls.
Working out the math to make the narrow oval shape.
I cut the shapes out of rigid insulation foam then glue them together.
I then grind, rasp, and sand them until they are the rough size and shape.
Now that I have the rough size and shape, I can begin plastering.
I begin with a splash coat then continue building up while wet.
As the plaster sets, I carve and rasp the shape to avoid plaster dust.
Once they are nearly finished, I begin temporarily elevating them to get a sense of how they interact with the space.
I arrive on site at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and begin roughly laying out where they might go.
I elevate the first balloon with two-by-twos.
Something always falls and breaks.
I patch it up and hope the plaster sets in time for the opening.
My repaired word balloon is shimmed and slowly drying.
Rebecca at Hallwalls was quite helpful.
I projected various statements onto the balloons until I found the ones that worked the best.
I then painted them onto the balloons.