Norwalk, CT- Paul Mordoff joined 74 other balloon artists from around the world to build Balloon Manor 2014: The VERY Tall Tale of Jack and his Beanstalk in Rochester, NY’s historic Sibley Building atrium, February 1-4, 2014. This was the long-awaited fifth Balloon Manor from Airigami, an art studio specializing in “the fine art of folding air,” and founder and creative director Larry Moss estimated that 50,000 balloons would be used to create the five-story sculpture.
“Like our other Balloon Manors, this one was built by a crew of international artists from as far away as Russia, Singapore, Australia and Spain,” explained Moss, who has been world-renowned for his large-scale, community projects for 15 years. Some of those artists also attended the annual Twist & Shout convention, which was held in Rochester for the first time since Moss helped to found it 14 years ago; others will have travel solely to work with Airigami.
“I’ve been on the balloon manor staff twisting at every Balloon Manor since the beginning. It’s a wonderful experiencxe to be part of something that becomes so incredibly amazing. Thousands will come to see the incredible twisted balloon sculptures and be awestruck and thrilled, which makes all the hard work and long twisting hours worth it,” said Paul Mordoff, a local Norwalk resident known as the comic character, Mr. Bungles from PartyTalent.com.
The completed five-story art installation was on view from February 5-9, and visitors were able to “climb” the beanstalk from the ground-floor garden to the giant’s fifth-floor castle in the clouds via an escalator.
While former Balloon Manors (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008) all had a haunted house theme that coincided with Halloween, this one was inspired by a fairy tale image from Airigami’s Once Upon a Time series. Unlike previous Manors, which charged admission and donated more than $80,000 in total to local charities, both the building process and the completed Manor were free and open to the public for viewing.
Additionally, Young Audiences of Rochester provided free performances and family-oriented activities featuring their teaching artists in the Sibley atrium February 5-9. Finally, the Manor went out with a bang on Monday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m. with a Popping Party. In addition to balloon-popping fun, there were refreshments, entertainment, hands-on balloon activities, and prize coupons hidden within balloons, including a grand-prize Airigami fine art piece. Tickets were $10 and available at balloonmanor.com.
About Paul Mordoff: Paul Mordoff started his performing career in theater, commercials, and film, and is currently a full time entertainer and party planner. He performs as a number of characters, including the popular comic character Mr. Bungles, known throughout Connecticut and New York. With his hilarious comedy show, magic, juggling, and balloon act, he performs over 250 shows a year. His company, Party Talent, LLC, coordinates entertainment for all different kinds of events thorughout the area, working with facepainters, DJ’s, magicians, clowns, and other balloon artists. Mr. Mordoff has been twisting balloons for over 20 years and established his company in 1996. Currently, Party Talent, LLC, is considered one of the most respected party planning companies in Connecticut.
About Airigami: Artist Larry Moss, founder and creative director of Airigami, began his career 25 years ago as a NYC street performer, but has gone on to display his amazing air-filled art in 12 countries on four continents. His achievements have been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Associated Press, CNN, PBS, Smithsonian Magazine, American Profile, Cabinet and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! He has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, NBC’s Today show, ABC’s Good Morning America, and at the White House three times. World-renowned for his “full-blown” installations that enchant both young and old, Larry’s work brings people together as only the best public art installations can. In addition to his Balloon Manors, his accomplishments include setting and holding the world’s record for the largest, non-round balloon sculpture (Soccer Players, Belgium, 2000) as well as building and launching the world’s first piloted latex balloon sculpture (Fantastic Flying Octopus, Sodus Point, 2003). In 2009, Larry and new Airigami partner, Kelly Cheatle, began creating dimensional illustrations that combine balloons with photography and design. The pair turned Master Works – a series of 12 tributes to iconic masterpieces that have gone “viral” internationally – into a children’s picture book entitled Artist Eyes in 2011. Next, the duo created Once Upon a Time, a series of ten works inspired by childhood fantasies and fairy tales, which resulted in their second picture book, And He Puffed: An inflated story of the Three Little Pigs. Airigami’s balloon-based, illustrative work for Ogilvy & Mather in India’s Celebrate Bandra festival won a Silver Abby Award, and the duo was invited to work with those masters of claymation, Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit, The Pirates: Band of Misfits) at the world’s largest ad festival, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France in 2012. In 2013, Larry and Kelly created The Cookie Chronicles, a series of three short videos for Oreo (which they dubbed “Oreogami”), as well as a 20-foot Elastic Park Acrocanthosaurus for the Virginia Museum of Natural History. They recreated Fragonard’s The Swing in 3D at Phelps Arts Center, Bouguereau’s Young Priestess at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, and built a giant dragon at Rochester’s National Museum of Play that was transported to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on a Christmas Eve edition of A&E’s Shipping Wars.
Balloon Manor 2014