Once the gas balloons were out of sight, the square came alive with people unrolling their mini balloons. Apparently, these are radio-controlled, so they're like RC airplanes. When I heard "mini," I thought they might be about 5 or 6 feet tall, all told.
|I was wrong.|
|I'm not sure their intentions are benign.|
|There were a lot of these suckers.|
|At least it was good Indonesian food.|
|Things started out pretty mellow ...|
|... but quickly got kind of crazy.|
|This was only about 15 minutes since the first balloon launched. It was|
like a balloon assembly line out there.
|See? This looks like a bad idea.|
|That form is pretty special, all right.|
The "Up" balloon pictured at left was actually pretty cleverly done. It's mostly just a basic balloon printed with an all-over pattern of smaller balloons, but some of them are little pockets that fill with air and give it a bumpy texture.
In the distance is the balloon that was being filled in the last picture, a girl in a flight helmet. I think she goes with the guy with the blue hair, but I'm not sure. The bit of yellow you see in the right corner turned into something kind of spectacular.
|You can't tell what yet in this photo, but I'm including it anyway|
because it cracks me up.
I have to ask, would you be willing to go up in the air in that thing? It doesn't exactly look aerodynamic. And I suspect it needs better conditions than it had for really successful flights. As it was, it barely cleared the apartments on the other side of the square before it started descending. For all I know, it ended up in someone's back yard.
Only one more balloon made it off the ground after our princess here, and that was the lion that had been used on all the advertising for the festival.
|It's a lion wearing a crown. I guess that makes him a lion king.|