Metal Rat to be greeted with balloon-filled party


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  • Monday, 06 Jan 2020

Air of festivity: Balloon artists Natalee Yee (left) and Michelle Yee putting the final touches to the Chinese New Year sculpture at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Metal Rat will be pleased with all the balloons for its welcoming party.

Malaysia Book of Records holder Balloon Wonderland is crafting new balloon sculptures for the Chinese New Year celebration.

Its director Pau Jeou Ching says his team is set to organise balloon art decorations to welcome the Year of the Metal Rat.

“We will include a rat-shaped sculpture in our Chinese New Year events, ” he said.

Balloon Wonderland has created its first Chinese New Year-themed balloon sculpture for the year, featuring mandarin oranges, the Metal Rat and the God of Prosperity at a New Year feng shui talk at Wisma MCA yesterday.

“A standard size of 4.5m x 2.4m balloon art such as this will need two people and three days to prepare and set up, ” Pau said.

Balloon artists need up to a week to set up an entire sculpture.

Balloon Wonderland had 15 artists for its tallest Polar Bear balloon sculpture in Publika last month.

“It was listed in the Malaysia Book of Records as the tallest polar bear made from balloons, which was 8.5m in height and 5m in width.“We took a week to complete the entire sculpture, which had a separate Christmas tree that stood at 10.9m tall and used over 20,000 biodegradable latex balloons, ” Pau said.

He noticed a growing trend for balloon art in recent years.

Pau believes people are fond of colourful and flexible shapes that can be personalised for any type of event.

He noted that balloon art that was set outdoors could last for a day in Malaysia’s hot weather but if kept indoors, the multishaped balloons could be kept for up to a month.

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