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

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

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

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

2. A Sloth

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

3. A Rooster

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

4. A Golden orb-web spider

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

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

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

6. A Hermit Crab

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

7. A squirrel

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

8. An Eagle

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

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

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

10. Ring-tailed lemur

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

11. Whip Spider

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

12. A Squid

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

13. Green bottle fly

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

14. A Pitcher Plant

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

15. Green tree python

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

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

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

17. Maggots

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

18. An Ermine

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

19. African buffalo

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

20. A Deer

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

21. A Skunk

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

22. A Cicada

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

23. A Koala

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

24. A Camel

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

25. A Poodle

Artist’s balloon sculptures are so realistic, one of them triggered my arachnophobia
Image courtesy of Masayoshi Matsumoto

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)

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