1Bridge Suspended by Balloons
Pont de Signeis a bridge suspended by three big-ass helium balloons. An art installment by Olivier Grossetête, it was originally shown at the 2012 Tatton Park Biennial in the UK. This thing looks like it's straight out of my magical, whimsical dreams, but unfortunately, the ultralight bridge is not functional.
2A Real-Life Up House
With their hearts likely pounding, two world-class balloonists stand inside a small house looking up; not at a ceiling, as we might expect, but instead, a large hole through which they can see 300 brightly-colored weather balloons tethered inside.
Theirs weren't the only hearts that were pounding—a whole team made a scene from Up come to life in the real world! A show launching on the National Geographic Channel called How Hard Can It Be was behind this record-breaking attempt.
3Taxidermy Giraffe Suspended By Balloons
A taxidermy giraffe, suspended by glass balloons, courtesy of James Perkins Studio.
This floating bench by Japanese studio h220430 appears to be held up by balloons at either end. The aluminium Balloon Bench is suspended from anchor points in the ceiling, concealed by clusters of polyethylene balloons.
5Up House Cosplay
This is a woman cosplaying as the house from Up. Truthfully, I don't really think that was artist Myeongbeom Kim's intention when he designed the piece.
6Up Balloon Dining Table
This uplifting design was created by master illusionist Christopher Duffy, working with the concept of levitation and buoyancy. This Up balloon table is a playful trompe l'oeil, giving the impression of a glass table top being suspended by gold and silver balloons.
This photo by Morlotti Studio shows a bride arriving at her wedding with the help of a few balloons.
8Up Live Exhibition
In 2016, a disabled artist was lifted off the ground by the force of 20,000 helium balloons in St. Leonard's Church, Shoreditch. Noëmi Lakmaier, a Vienna-born artist, attempted the feat for a performance art piece called Cherophobia. The 48-hour long performance was part of Unlimited, a festival celebrating the work of disabled artists.
As a follow up to the Balloon Bench, Japanese design Satoshi Itasaka of h220430 has created the Balloon Chair. It, too, appears to be suspended in mid-air, beneath ten helium balloons. This whimsical piece of furniture is a lot sturdier than it seems—the balloons are made of fibre-reinforced plastic and the chair fixes to a wall.
The chair is inspired by 1950s French film Le Ballon Rouge and seeks to recreate the feeling of floating above the city as experienced by the movie's protagonist.
10Up House Cluster Balloon
Adventurer Jonathan Trappe has launched a house into the sky with a cluster of balloons, just like in the movie Up. He lifted off in the cartoon-themed house at the Leon International Balloon festival in Mexico. Trappe, who became the first person to cross the English Channel using cluster balloons, used the event as a warm-up for his planned transatlantic flight scheduled for next summer.