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The Stunning Balloon Animals of Masayoshi Matsumoto

If you thought the average balloon dog or rabbit you commonly see entertainers twist at children’s parties was impressive, get ready to have your mind blown. Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto takes the art of balloon animals to a whole new level, creating insanely detailed sculptures that often look too good to be true.

The average balloon animal takes a skilled artist a few seconds to a couple of minutes to create, but Masayoshi Matsumoto spends between two and six hours on a single creation. It’s not that he’s not talented enough, quite the contrary, his works simply display a whole other degree of detail. From realistic-looking octopuses and iguanas, to large models of flies, centipedes and caterpillars, there’s literally no animal that Matsumoto can’t create using simple balloons if he really puts his mind to it.

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“I started making these seven years ago, I was really inspired by wildlife pictures and wanted to see if I could create realistic animals of my own,” the 29-year-old artist from Japan’s Chiba prefecture said in an interview, three years ago.

 

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You would think that Masayoshi Matsumoto adds everyone of his intricate balloon animals to an ever-growing collection, but according to a report by The Guardian, after spending up to six hours working on a project, he just takes a few photos of it and then pops all the balloons with a needle. How crazy is that!

 

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While looking at all the different animals the talented is able to recreate out of colored balloons is simply mesmerizing, seeing his artworks does come with a drawback – you’ll be completely underwhelmed by every balloon animal you see from now on.

 

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To keep an eye on the latest creations of Masayoshi Matsumoto, keep an eye on his Instagram account.

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