YTE Events and Balloon Decor Featured on Official Celebration Website!
Balloon artists around the world are celebrating the official birthday of one of the most recognizable symbols of parties and festivals, the balloon arch. On each day leading up to the July 6th birthday event, participating artists will post photos of their favorite arches on their respective social media sites.
There is even an official website dedicated to the art form: www.BalloonArchBirthday.com.
Local artist Jonathan Fudge, proprietor of YTE Events and Balloon Decor, is part of the action and even has one of his photos featured on the official website.
“It is an honor to have my work shown among the best of the balloon art industry,” says Fudge. “The balloon arch is easy to make badly, but hard to do well!”
The arch was originated by Treb Heining, who is also the man behind the spectacular balloon drops at both the 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions. In 1979, Heining was making balloon columns at a birthday party in Malibu for Cher’s son Elijah Blue. He made a last-minute decision that the outdoor décor on Cher’s tennis court needed more impact, so he filled blue-tinted balloons with helium and joined them together with paperclips before tying them onto heavy wire, thus creating the first balloon arch.
“We certainly use different methods today,” says Fudge. “No more paper clips and wire! Arches can be air-filled and built on durable, reusable framework. We no longer have to use helium for many of our designs.”
“I use precise inflation equipment that allows me to program inflation to tenths of a second. The look of an arch is contingent on having the layers of balloons, or clusters, nest neatly into each other. If the balloons are irregularly sized, it ruins the effect. Additionally, if you don’t know how to pack the layers properly, the resulting friction tears will slowly deflate the balloons over time.”
“Artists add visual interest by varying colors and patterns, which can be tricky. When you’re wrapping balloons around the frame you’re too close to actually see your pattern, so it’s important to step back and check for accuracy, lest you find yourself tearing everything off and having to start over. It’s also fun to add ‘twisted’ balloon elements such as flowers and spiraled skinny balloons.”
Fudge’s daily countdown of balloon arch photos can be seen at: www.Facebook.com/TampaBalloon.
Click here to see Fudge’s Circus Themed Standing Clown balloon arch on the official Balloon Arch Birthday website: https://www.balloonarchbirthday.com/themed.
Click here for a photo of the world’s first balloon arch: https://www.balloonarchbirthday.com/history