Balloons Around the World at National Museum of Play October 5

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

September 12, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,
Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,

Balloons Around the World
at the National Museum of Play®
October 5

See a gigantic, original balloon sculpture being built at The Strong’s National Museum of Play during Balloons Around the World on Wednesday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch local balloon artists Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Airigami rise to the occasion as they create a large outdoor scene complete with a waterfall, trees, and butterflies—made entirely out of balloons!

Now in its 12th year, Balloons Around the World invites hundreds of balloon sculptors to donate their time and talents to make creations for public spaces as part of an international celebration of balloon artistry. Last year, more than 300 balloon artists in 10 countries participated in the event by decorating schools, malls, hospitals, libraries, and more. 

Approximately 10 artists will be on hand to help Moss and Cheatle build the sculpture at the National Museum of Play. While Moss has a general idea of what the sculpture will look like, he says the design process will be fluid and could take several hours: “It’s about creating an installation for everyone in the community to look at and enjoy. I think it’s a perfect fit for the museum. For me, sculpting is play.”

Moss and Cheatle will be on hand after the event to sign copies of their illustrated book, Artist Eyes, which introduces children to the great masters of art by showing their work recreated as balloon sculptures. The balloon sculpture at the National Museum of Play will remain on view for as long as the balloons stay inflated.

Additional balloon-inspired works of art by Moss and Cheatle can be seen on display at the National Museum of Play’s Whimsical Art Trail open through November 20.

For more information about Balloons Around the World, visit

All Balloons Around the World activities are included with general museum admission fees.


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Fees: General admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children (2–15) $10, Children younger than two free, Museum members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General admission fee plus $2 for members; $4 for nonmembers; children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.

 Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.