In a message dated 11/4/02 10:39:15 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Could you tell us more about your inflatable sculpture? What materials did
you use and how did you do it? Looks intriquing. >>
Inflatable sculpture is really easy, but labor intensive. All you have to do
to make one that is like the one in the picture is buy rolls of 4 mil plastic
at a home supply store (Lowe's, Home Depot). You have to have a large space
to roll out the plastic.
Create the configuration (like one long tunnel and one or two shorter
branches). Then using wide clear packing tape, you tape up two edges of the
plastic together to form huge tubes. Leave a couple ends open to attach large
room fans (I used the square kind with the protective plastic grill and taped
the plastic edges of the end of the tube securely all around the fan). Also,
after cutting a "slit" door, you may want to make a small tunnel on the other
end attached to the large tube over the slit, so kids can get in and out.
Once you have everything taped, turn on the fans and the sculpture will fill
up with air. Check for leaks and add tape where needed. Once filled with air
the kids can go in through your little tunnel entrance. It can be painted
with acrylic or latex house paint.
Essentially, all you are really making is a huge balloon and the fans keep it
inflated. This description is actually more complicated than it is. Consider
this project a "work in progress". You may have to create it as you go. There
is no PLAN set in stone. Great to demonstrate spontaneous creativity and
problem solving skills for both you and the students.