Inflatable elephant sculpture

Craft & Design
Inflatable elephant sculpture


It’s amazing what you can do with a plastic drop cloth and an iron, as Parsons student Ryan Riegner demonstrates with his sculpture, Eleflate. He writes:

By far one of my more favorite projects at Parsons, my inflatable elephant was originally intended to be placed over New York City MTA subway grate vents on the steet. The air current of the passing train would animate and bring to life a seemingly meaningless piece of trash on the street. However, the weather had been horrible all week so the demonstration was conducted indoors. The actual material is just painters plastic melted together by an iron. I bought a great stuffed animal elephant from FAO Schwatz, and deconstructed it, blew up the patterns to life size, and then remade the pattern. I only used a eight inch box fan to inflate the entire sculpture.

Via the Parsons CDT blog.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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