Ana Defillo
August 02, 2016 10:10 am

Long gone are the days of going to a friend’s birthday party to obsessively wonder how a clown just transformed a piece of latex into a cute puppy right before your very eyes. For most adults, that magic of astonishment has sadly disappeared, but after seeing Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto’s balloon sculptures you won’t be able to suppress your childlike awe.

Forget cute puppies and giraffes, Matsumoto created painfully intricate balloon animals and insects that include spiders, seahorses, flamingos, and iguanas. Sometimes being a grown up is a good thing. Our 10-year-old selves probably wouldn’t have understood, let alone appreciated, Matsumoto’s very adult balloon animals. Some of the balloons even have a dark side.

On his Tumblr page, which boasts dozens of balloon sculptures, Matsumoto confirms his work is legit, brought to life only with his oxygen and sculpting genius. “The work that has been published on this page is made from all balloon only. (Adhesive, magic pen, seal, etc. are not used at all)”  I know he told us how he made these, but I can’t stop staring at each one and think,“but how?”

Join me in wonderment by checking out the rest on his Tumblr page.