Balloon artist finds joy in the process of Making

Balloon artist finds joy in the process of Making

By Taylor Soule

For balloon artist Brian Becicka, art, science and math aren’t three distinct fields. They’re inextricably intertwined — and his geodesic balloon dome project at the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire proves it.

Becicka is eager to share the incorporation of art, science and math with Maker Faire attendees, who will have the chance to help build the dome that will reach five feet in height and 10 feet in diameter. The promise of a finished product isn’t the guiding force for Becicka, though.

“To me as a balloon artist, that’s part of the draw of the artistry. It is more interesting to see it being made than to see the final structure,” he said. “To see something is not as interesting as being involved in it. It means taking a bit of ownership in the project.”

Maker Faire attendees will contribute to the project by inflating balloons and connecting them to the dome.

Inclusivity is a key principle among the balloon-art community, and Becicka strives to include others from the idea phase all the way to production. And when every balloon is inflated and connected to the dome, he’s satisfied knowing an eclectic piece of art emerged from nothing, with the help of newfound friends. 

“It just comes with being an entertainer and a balloon artist. That’s what we do,” Becicka said. “We share part of ourselves, and it’s unique. It’s fascinating making something out of nothing.”


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