Artist Terry Cook admits to being obsessed with birds since he was a child. This early obsession blossomed into a full series, where he carefully crafts balloon sculptures, shaped like his favorite birds.
“I am obsessed with animals, but especially birds and have been since I was a young lad,” he told Ohh Deer. “I’m always making stuff or trying to think of new mediums for art projects and I had played around with balloons in the past after seeing guys make some incredible stuff at the magic society I used to be a member of. I wanted to make a new project about birds, and for whatever reason, balloons just came to mind.”
Each sculpture takes a couple of hours to make. “I am passionately against careless discard of balloons (or any rubbish for that matter) and never ever leave these in the wild,” Cook assures his followers. “I use are Qualatex balloons made from natural latex, they are biodegradable and according to the manufacturers website, they break down as quickly as an Oak Leaf,” he adds on his website. “I still have all the deflated balloons used from the different projects, and intend on keeping them until I can think of something cool to do with them.”
Though Cook works predominantly with watercolor, he also enjoys working with acrylics, inks, robotics, and anything else I can get my hands on, including balloons.
Check out some of his balloon sculptures in the gallery below.