Balloon animals from trash bags: Joshua Allen Harris

Street artist Joshua Allen Harris uses trash bags to make "balloon animals" that inflate over subway grates throughout New York City, and NY Mag has a behind-the-scenes video on how he does it.

Street Art: Joshua Allen Harris
[ New York Magazine, thanks Jessica Coen and Glen E. Friedman ]

See also a related post on Laughing Squid from March, 2008.


  1. And the “hoax explosive device” scare and ensuing trial begins in:




  2. @ Geekman – Sad, but so so true. This would probably have shut down the subway for hours and made the top of the 5 and 11 pm news.

    I love ephemeral art like I love no other art.

  3. @ #5 – I saw those on the Wooster site a while back. I think it must be the same artist. Brilliant.

  4. This medium cries out for erotic sculptures. Pulsating, erotic, Naked Lunchesque sculptures.

  5. “And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that’s the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and… this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember… and I need to remember… Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.”

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