Balloon Sculpture Contest Winner – The Balloon Carousel


We’ve had a great run for our recent contest Balloon Sculpture contest and we had a lot of fun seeing all the creativity pour in from our talented participants.

Among the entries, one entry garnered the highest number of votes which won the contest. The winning entry is the Balloon Carousel sculpture made by Richard Gaines!

The Carousel


Balloon Carousel by Richard Gaines


When we first saw the entry, we were instantly impressed. According to Richard, he used over 600 Qualitex balloons and the sculpture measures 16 feet accross and 10 feet tall! It also took him 36 hours which made this Richard’s largest creation to date! Not to mention the other sculptures he did for the event such as the 8-foot balloon clowns and 4 balloon columns for the room. The collection of sculptures amount to more than 1200 balloons!

According to Richard…

“The inspiration for the balloon carousel came as a secret project for our Shrine Temple. Since there was a national fair convention setting up in town, and one of our Shrine Officers was to do a speech with our involvement in the Michigan State Fair to this convention, he had asked me to put up a display to showcase the talent and commitment our fine fraternity. I had never put together a project of that size, but he was persistent and felt I could do this. “

The Man Behind the Carousel

Richard Gaines has been balloon twisting since August 2013. While he considers himself a “late-bloomer” we think that he’s got a talent on twisting balloons.

He became a Moslem clown on February 2013 and has been inspired of it ever since. He even told us about a 6-year old girl who took her first steps towards him when he did a surprise visit to the hospital as a clown.

Such passion and dedication to one’s craft is rewarded by such wonderful and inspiring moments. And we know the $100 gift certificate he won from the contest will serve a long way especially when making other people happy.

Thank You!

We would like to thank everyone who participated and submitted their entries in our Balloon Sculpture contest. Here are the 2nd and 3rd placers :

Motorcycle by Craig Cash

Motorcycle by Craig Cash

Family of Clowns by Joanne Dorme

Family of Clowns by Joanne Dorme








We truly are grateful that you gave us the opportunity to see your talent and creativity through the twisting and turning of balloons.

To Rick, congratulations and we hope you make more children smile and more people inspired through your passion and talent!

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