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Wind Balloons

After leaving the National Film Board, when I was no longer animating full time, I started to create a different kind of movement: the movement of wind caught in fabric. I constructed large wind blown sculptures and called them wind balloons. They are grounded and glorious windsocks, made of ripstop nylon, welded steel and titanium. One balloon is mounted on a vaulting pole and bends in the wind like a giant flower. The mechanisms are designed with bushings to turn on a dime, catching the slightest breezes. Situated in windy places, they are continuously in motion.

Caroline Leaf