Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia

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Artist’s Balloon Sculptures Are So Realistic - We The World Magazine
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto via Instagram

A Yokohama-based artist is spinning everyone’s head with his art. How? Simply using balloons. Yes, that’s right. Masayoshi Matsumoto, from Japan, portrays creatures from a heartwarming poodle dog to a voracious vermin, all using balloons.

Balloon art in itself is common, with vendors, and street-sellers and artists making different elements from it. But none, to my knowledge, come close to this artist’s work that is freakingly real.

I mean, speaking about me as an arachnophobic, which I am, I am trying not to look at the artist’s spider and other arachnids in his repertoire. They’re so realistic. But I am so much enjoying the other works.

Without any delay lets hop into a zoo of balloon creatures created by the awesome artist. Before you embark into the wonderful gallery ahead, note that none of these arts use markers, adhesives, and even stickers to achieve the incredibly real-like form for a ballon art. They’re strictly made of just balloons.

1. A Siamang

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2. A Sloth

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3. A Rooster

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4. A Golden orb-web spider

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Speaking to Metro, Matsumoto told, he was really inspired by wildlife pictures and wanted to see if he could make them on his own. The self-taught started making his balloon arts in 2009, which is 11 years back.

5. A Guinea Pig

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6. A Hermit Crab

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7. A squirrel

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8. An Eagle

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He makes his masterpieces without any form of adhesive like some other balloon artists use. The artist shares, some of the works take two hours to complete, while some of the more complex ones, taking up to six hours.

9. Humphead wrasse

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10. Ring-tailed lemur

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11. Whip Spider

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12. A Squid

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13. Green bottle fly

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14. A Pitcher Plant

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15. Green tree python

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Would you believe if we say the artist doesn’t sell his work, or reworks them on demand? He simply pops the balloons once the design is done.

16. Cuckoo wasp

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17. Maggots

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18. An Ermine

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19. African buffalo

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20. A Deer

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21. A Skunk

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22. A Cicada

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23. A Koala

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24. A Camel

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25. A Poodle

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The more we talk about how great and awesome these balloon animals are, the less it’ll be. Sometimes all we can do is to appreciate it, and that’s all. What are your thoughts on the amazing artwork? Let us know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to share it and make a chance for others to see it.

(Cover image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto via Instagram)