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Balloon Sculpture

We are all familiar with balloon sculptures. As children, we all watched in fascination as clowns who mastered the art of balloon sculpture deftly transformed ordinary balloons into swords and animals. These rounded shapes aren't just present at birthday parties, they're also very much present in contemporary art. Seemingly naive, artists use this art form to express unexpected metaphors.

The world-famous American artist Jeff Koons is undoubtedly accountable for this trend. Balloon Dog, his most famous and expensive creation (estimated at 58 million dollars), has contributed to making these rounded shapes omnipresent in contemporary art. It took Koons and his team 4 years to make 5 versions of the 3-meter high sculpture. The shiny stainless steel sculpture exists in a range of colours: magenta, orange, blue, yellow, and red. For Koons, art is a limitless playground in which dogs, pop art characters and tulips unite.

Taking inspiration from the great masters of the 20th century, Balloon Dog could be defined as a hybrid creation of Marcel Duchamp's ready-made art, Claes Oldenburg's colossal artworks, and of course Andy Warhol's colourful Pop Art.

Jeff Koon's Balloon Dog has established itself as one of the most iconic works of contemporary art. It can be seen as an attempt of reconciling, or perhaps confronting, mass entertainment and art. The work has cemented Koon's fame. The American artist, both loved and hated by the art world and the public, has had a number of successful exhibitions all over the world, including in Versailles' gardens and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. 

Besides the kitsch master, the balloon has proved to be a significant source of inspiration for many contemporary artists. In Yayoi Kusama's psychedelic universe, they are hundreds floating, sometimes transparent, sometimes dotted and fluorescent. 

Among Artsper's emerging artists, many are experimenting with balloon sculpture, or are using it as a symbolic instrument. For Béatrice Bissara and Jean-Louis Toutain, the hanging balloons seem to enchant its owner whereas Valérie Marty creates bird-like shapes. Mauro Corda works very differently. In his hands, balloons become fascinating and uncanny human heads.

Rediscover the balloon sculpture of your childhood as you've never seen it before with this unique selection of artworks.

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Philippe Huart, Effets secondaires – Passionate Love (R3), Sculpture

Philippe Huart

Effets secondaires – Passionate Love (R3), 2018
22.8 x 16.1 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$925

Jeff Koons, Balloon Venus - Dom Perignon, Sculpture

Jeff Koons

Balloon Venus - Dom Perignon, 2013
24.2 x 14 x 12.8 inch
Sculpture

$100,038

Arzhel Prioul (Mardi Noir), Ballon rond, ballon plat, Sculpture

Arzhel Prioul (Mardi Noir)

Ballon rond, ballon plat, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$486

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Tim Taylor, Gold Ball, Sculpture

Tim Taylor

Gold Ball, 2015
3.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,500

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Jean-Louis Toutain, Détente en famille, Sculpture

Jean-Louis Toutain

Détente en famille, 2007
11.8 x 26.8 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$20,817

Pavel Quoytcheff, Torse de femme I, Sculpture

Pavel Quoytcheff

Torse de femme I, 1982
50.4 x 27.6 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$112,760

Miguel Guía, Gol Zidane ganador inspiración Antony Gormley, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Gol Zidane ganador inspiración Antony Gormley, 2018
16.9 x 13.8 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,030

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Capocci, Gina, Sculpture

Capocci

Gina, 2016
16.5 x 15 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,701

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Capocci, Vas te faire M, Sculpture

Capocci

Vas te faire M, 2016
19.7 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,048

Go Segawa, Goutte rouge (ed. 15), Sculpture

Go Segawa

Goutte rouge (ed. 15), 2011
3.9 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$370

Go Segawa, 6 balles colorées, Sculpture

Go Segawa

6 balles colorées, 2004
2.4 x 4.7 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$289

Valerie Marty, Piaf gonflable rouge, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf gonflable rouge, 2016
15.7 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,723

Valerie Marty, Piaf Bleu roi mat, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Bleu roi mat, 2017
6.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$324

Valerie Marty, Piaf Violet brillant, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Violet brillant, 2016
6.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$324

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Eric Pottier, Les chroniques d'Anna - Puzzle, Sculpture

Eric Pottier

Les chroniques d'Anna - Puzzle, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,742

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Valerie Marty, Piaf Ballon, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Ballon, 2016
18.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,503

Helder Batista, Mini Gun, Sculpture

Helder Batista

Mini Gun, 2017
7.9 x 13.8 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,082

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Kazuhiko Tanaka, Get ready, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Get ready, 2017
3.1 x 1.2 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$208

Guti, Ballon 1/1, Sculpture

Guti

Ballon 1/1, 2018
20.1 x 7.9 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$405

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Kazuhiko Tanaka, Referee!, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Referee!, 2017
6.3 x 4.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$416

Arzhel Prioul (Mardi Noir), Ballon Rond, Ballon Plat, Balle en Bois, Sculpture

Arzhel Prioul (Mardi Noir)

Ballon Rond, Ballon Plat, Balle en Bois, 2017
8.7 x 8.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$254

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Lolek, L'homme au chat, Sculpture

Lolek

L'homme au chat, 2004
9.8 x 17.7 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,626

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Pierre Gimenez, Le Taureau, Sculpture

Pierre Gimenez

Le Taureau, 2018
15.4 x 9.8 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,660

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Mauro Corda, Ballon bouche bée vert italien, Sculpture

Mauro Corda

Ballon bouche bée vert italien, 2018
86.6 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,204

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Lolek, Femme au chien 08, Sculpture

Lolek

Femme au chien 08, 2016
22.8 x 29.9 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,252

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Mauro Corda, Le doigt d'honneur rouge, Sculpture

Mauro Corda

Le doigt d'honneur rouge, 2018
27.6 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,939

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Lolek, Le Grand 8, Sculpture

Lolek

Le Grand 8, 2005
21.7 x 63 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

$14,456

Lolek, Halte là !, Sculpture

Lolek

Halte là !, 2006
26.4 x 39.4 x 16.1 inch
Sculpture

$20,817

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Lolek, Bébé joueur, Sculpture

Lolek

Bébé joueur, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,871

Our recommendations Lolek, Entre chien et chat, Sculpture

Lolek

Entre chien et chat, 2004
11.8 x 29.5 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,443

Lolek, Le grand couple, Sculpture

Lolek

Le grand couple, 2001
16.9 x 12.6 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$9,715

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Lolek, Autres nuances de Grey (La promenade), Sculpture

Lolek

Autres nuances de Grey (La promenade), 2000
11.8 x 10.2 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,163

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Lolek, Autres nuances de Grey (La vadrouille), Sculpture

Lolek

Autres nuances de Grey (La vadrouille), 2001
11.4 x 9.1 x 18.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,816

Lolek, Envie pressante, Sculpture

Lolek

Envie pressante, 2006
31.9 x 49.2 x 24 inch
Sculpture

$27,756

Lolek, La Majestueuse, Sculpture

Lolek

La Majestueuse, 2004
17.7 x 15.4 x 15.4 inch
Sculpture

$9,021

Andrej Jakab, Spheres of Influence nr. 111804, Sculpture

Andrej Jakab

Spheres of Influence nr. 111804, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,725

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Pierre Gimenez, Baigneuse au Ballon, Sculpture

Pierre Gimenez

Baigneuse au Ballon, 2018
13.8 x 9.1 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,446

Jean-Louis Toutain, Ballon rouge, Sculpture

Jean-Louis Toutain

Ballon rouge, 2010
59.1 x 23.6 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$19,661

Pavel Quoytcheff, Torse d'homme, Sculpture

Pavel Quoytcheff

Torse d'homme, 1985
47.2 x 25.6 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$112,760

Pavel Quoytcheff, Torse de femme, Sculpture

Pavel Quoytcheff

Torse de femme, 1985
47.2 x 25.6 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$112,760

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Jean-Louis Toutain, Sauter plus haut que le cheval, Sculpture

Jean-Louis Toutain

Sauter plus haut que le cheval, 2004
16.1 x 11 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$17,348

Carlo Rizzetti, The rainbow whale Fuchsia Small, Sculpture

Carlo Rizzetti

The rainbow whale Fuchsia Small, 2017
12.2 x 22.8 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$347

Carlo Rizzetti, The rainbow whale Bleu foncé Small, Sculpture

Carlo Rizzetti

The rainbow whale Bleu foncé Small, 2017
12.2 x 22.8 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$347

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Jean-Louis Toutain, Une Bouchée pour bébé, Sculpture

Jean-Louis Toutain

Une Bouchée pour bébé, 2001
15.4 x 12.6 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$14,456

Pavel Quoytcheff, Torses de femme et d'homme, Sculpture

Pavel Quoytcheff

Torses de femme et d'homme, 1985
47.2 x 25.6 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$213,954

Go Segawa, Blue & Green ed. 25, Sculpture

Go Segawa

Blue & Green ed. 25, 2017
3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

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Kiko & Ian Philip, Le coeur shopping Chanel, Sculpture

Kiko & Ian Philip

Le coeur shopping Chanel, 2019
18.1 x 19.7 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

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Pierre Gimenez, Baigneuse au Ballon, Sculpture

Pierre Gimenez

Baigneuse au Ballon, 2017
7.9 x 9.8 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

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MiKa.l, Mickey Boxeur, Sculpture

MiKa.l

Mickey Boxeur, 2018
25.6 x 17.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

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Mohammad Mardi, Sans-Titre de la série Self Control, Sculpture

Mohammad Mardi

Sans-Titre de la série Self Control, 2018
3.9 x 9.4 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

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