Art – Hans Hemmert

German artist Hans Hemmert takes balloon art to a different level.

Interview with Hans Hemmert (in German with French subtitles). Hans Hemmert is fascinated by air and he creates latex balloons, as you can see not your average kind of balloons.




Hans Hemmert is part of the art collective Inges Idee


German Panther tank made from balloons —   this balloon tank was part of a 2007 exhibition put on by Inges Idee.

At the end of the exhibition, the balloons were popped and the balloon tank was reduced to a pile of stretchy, colorful goodness.

German Panther tank , 2007  //  Luftballon 960 x370 x 300cm

Hans Hemmert, Thomas A. Schmidt, Georg Zey, and Axel Lieber felt the people of Vancouver needed something to remind us of the rain…  Yesterday it snowed. Today it is rainy. Time for something sunny! This sculpture landed on a walking/ cycling path that runs along Vancouver’s waterfront. The place is known as Bon Voyage Plaza and “The Drop” occupies a spot in front of the Vancouver Convention Centre, home to the International Broadcast Media for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Drop weighs 2700 kilograms (almost three tons) and stands 17 metres (55 feet) high.

This project, entitled “Level,”  is actually from 1997, produced for the Personal Absurdities show at the Galerie Gebauer Berlin

Berlin-based artist Hans Hemmert (famous for his work with balloons covered below ) threw a party where guests wore shoe-extenders to make them all the same height of 2 meters.

Aside from bringing the partygoers all to a common eye level (and eliminating the awkward postures of party talk between the tall and the short), the gathering is lent an infographic nature by the shoes: all made from blue foam, the person’s real height is read in the visual uniformity of the sole instead of at the head—like a walking bar graph.

What does it mean when we all share one height?

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