How to make a gigantic solar-powered balloon
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How to make a gigantic solar-powered balloon

Step One: Gather lots of reused plastic bags (a great opportunity for a community collection.)



Step Two: Trim off the bags’ handles, bottom, and sides to create two rectangle or square sheets.


Step Three: Draw your favorite designs onto the shapes using permanent markers, then arrange them together on the ground.


Step Four: Start taping your bags together, colored tape is highly recommended.


Step Five: Connect your blanket of bags to another blanket of bags and watch it grow…


…and grow


…and grow!


Step Six: Spread out the massive quilt in a large outdoor space, and as the warm sun and air heats the blanket, it will inflate and fly into the sky!



Museo aero solar, a giant solar-powered balloon made from hundreds of reused plastic bags, is a project developed by artist Tomas Saraceno with writer Alberto Pesavento. Museo is a work-in-progress that continues to expand as new sections are added at each country it has traveled to so far: Milan, Italy; Sharjah, United Arab Emerates; Medellin, Colombia; Lyon, France; Rapperswil, Switzerland; and Tirana, Albania.

Its next stop is the Walker! Come by next Saturday, October 4th for Free First Saturday where you can add your plastic portion to this flying canvas. Feel free to bring in bags from home!




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