Month: August 2014

BACI 2014

Once again this year Mike went out to Italy to provide decor and pass on his knowledge to delegates from many nationalities at the Balloon Arts Convention Italy, BACI 2014.  This year he again worked with Matt Lewis CBA of Matthew Lewis Displays, Coventry and Dominic Casidy CBA of All Things Fun, Horden.

This year the event was moved from its normal venue of Florence to the Town of Patti on the beautiful Island of Sicily.

The venue for the week was the Simenzaru Wild Village Holiday complex.  The venue was directly on the beach, very open to the Mediterranean strong winds and of course extreme heat.

Our brief was to create fun Jungle and Tropical decor.

Day one saw us working in a Marquee in Patti Marina creating the entrance decor for the Large Sculpture competition.  We used a mixture of Palm Trees printed balloons and Monkeys to create a fun entrance.

Marquee Entrance BACI 2014
Marquee Entrance BACI 2014
Marquee Entrance BACI 2014
Marquee Entrance BACI 2014

We now had 2 days to fight the wind and create decor that would move in the wind but still look good.  We used lots of Aeropoles for arches.

Opening Decor BACI 2014
Opening Decor BACI 2014
Opening Decor BACI 2014
Opening Decor BACI 2014
Opening Decor BACI 2014
Opening Decor BACI 2014

Cactus’s made from Quick Link Balloons are great fun.

Cactus
Cactus

Next we needed to include the jungle animal element but it mud withstand the wind.  I think our solution proved it worked great.  Our moving Animal Pillars known as windy’s worked a treat.  These are available to order from For Every Occasion now.

Tiger Windy
Tiger Windy
Giraffe Windy
Giraffe Windy
Windy's on the Beach
Windy’s on the Beach

Our next task was to decorate the street in Patti Marina for an evening festival.  We wanted to create colour that would move and have impact.  Our Balloon Fireworks were perfect for the job, how ever putting a ladder in the middle of a road with cars travelling down either side was a challenge.

Balloon Fireworks
Balloon Fireworks
Balloon Fireworks
Balloon Fireworks

We now turned our attention to the final night party.  Once again our biggest challenge was the wind.  Table centres had to be pinned to the tables decor had to move and it needed to be fun.  We once again used the Aeropole arch system this time with balloon fireworks.  2 balloon walls using Zebra print and personalised balloons where created for the stage and a sunny Jungle entrance was created.

Giraffe Centre Piece BACI 2014
Giraffe Centre Piece BACI 2014
Monkey Centre Piece BACI 2014
Monkey Centre Piece BACI 2014
Tiger Centre Piece BACI 2014
Tiger Centre Piece BACI 2014
Aeropole Fireworks
Aeropole Fireworks
Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014
Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014
Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014
Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014
Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014
Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014
Sunny Entrance
Sunny Entrance

Another fantastic event in Italy.  Outdoor decor can be provided in high winds and extreme heat.  It’s a challenge but we can do it.

 

Silverstone 2014 Lewis Hamilton

Once again this year we were asked by Matt Lewis of Matthew Lewis Displays in Coventry to assist with the decor for the Silverstone Racing Club Marquee at the British Grand Prix.

Now being huge F1 fans Sara and I made ourselves available for the event.  After seeing the pictures of our large sculpture of the red arrows at the World Balloon Convention, the client asked if we could do something special to celebrate 50 years of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.  They asked if we could create Lewis Hamilton’s AMG Petronas Mercedes W05 car.

We created a 2/3 scale replica completely from balloons.

 

Brooklands and Luffield from the Silverstone Racing Club
Brooklands and Luffield from the Silverstone Racing Club

 

W05 on the ground
W05 on the ground
AMG Mercedes WO5
Lewis Hamiltons Car 2014 AMG Mercedes WO5
Lewis Hamiltons Car 2014 AMG Mercedes WO5
Lewis Hamiltons Car 2014 AMG Mercedes WO5
#keepfightingmichael
#keepfightingmichael
GP3 Driver Nelson Mason
GP3 Driver Nelson Mason
TV pundit and racing driver Karun Chandhok
TV pundit and racing driver Karun Chandhok
Son of James Hunt, Freddie Hunt
Son of James Hunt, Freddie Hunt
F1 Racing Legend Derek Warwick
F1 Racing Legend Derek Warwick

A fantastic weekend and even better with Lewis winning.