Balloon animals beyond the poodle – in pictures

Masayoshi Matsumoto was working as a chemical engineer when he first learned how to make balloon animals. Matsumoto doesn’t use marker pens or tape for details on his creations: every eyeball, feather and claw is made from balloons. Inspired by wildlife photography, his menagerie of creatures includes startlingly detailed hermit crabs, baboons, ants and birds. He says the most difficult animal to make is a pangolin. “Many people imagine a poodle or such when they hear the term balloon art,” he says, “but I would like people to realise that you can create complex works too.”

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