Paul McCarthy And Friends- Inflatable Art That Rocked The Last Decade

Paul McCarthy's installation in Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images

Paul McCarthy’s installation in Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images

TamWaiPing Inflatable

Tam Wai Ping

Chad Person

Chad Person

This last decade in art has turned out a ton of larger than life sculptural work, specifically in the realm of inflatable sculpture.  As adults, we never seem to get over the pure bliss of bouncy houses from our childhood, and as art lovers we are drawn to these works, made from thin plastic that are able to tower over us once filled with air.  Artists have used this medium to make shocking and conceptually multilayered statements, such as Paul McCarthy’s “Complex System,” a building-sized pile of poo that made international headlines when it deflated in Hong Kong this past spring, leaving behind quite the brown mess.  Other artists have merged inflatable sculpture with architecture and infused it with an interactive element that takes the classic “bouncy house” into a sophisticated architectural wonderland, such as Alan Parkinson (also known as “Architects of Air”) has done with his Luminaria.  Other artists included below are: David Byrne, Eder Castillo, FriendsWithYou, Florentijn Hoffman, Chad Person, Tam Wai Ping and Geraldo Zamproni.

This Labor Day Weekend, enjoy the following parade of images that reviews some of the most exciting and celebrated inflatable sculptures that have emerged within the past ten years.

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy

David Byrne

David Byrne

David Byrne

David Byrne

Eder Castillo

Eder Castillo

FriendsWithYou

FriendsWithYou

FriendsWithYou

FriendsWithYou

Florentijn Hoffman

Florentijn Hoffman

Florentijn Hoffman

Florentijn Hoffman

Florentijn Hoffman

Florentijn Hoffman

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy

Alan Parkinson "Architects of Air"

Alan Parkinson “Architects of Air”

Alan Parkinson "Architects of Air"

Alan Parkinson “Architects of Air”

Alan Parkinson "Architects of Air"

Alan Parkinson “Architects of Air”

Alan Parkinson "Architects of Air"

Alan Parkinson “Architects of Air”

Alan Parkinson "Architects of Air"

Alan Parkinson “Architects of Air”

Alan Parkinson "Architects of Air"

Alan Parkinson “Architects of Air”

Alan Parkinson "Architects of Air"

Alan Parkinson “Architects of Air”

Chad Person

Chad Person

Chad Person

Chad Person

Chad Person

Chad Person

Zamproni Inflatable

Geraldo Zamproni

Zamproni Inflatable 2

Geraldo Zamproni

Zamproni Inflatable 3

Geraldo Zamproni

 

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