revenge of the megadon & the megamite
Jason Hackenwerth’s, Revenge of the Megadon (2006), was comprised of three gigantic balloon sculptures hung in the Great Hall of Dinosaurs at the Yale Peabody Museum during the International Festival of Arts + Ideas.
To build each creature, Hackenwerth inflated, twisted and tied together hundreds of skinny, brightly colored balloons with fantastic mathematical symmetry. The Megadon creatures were on exhibit for 2 weeks, June 18-25, 2006, resulting in a 30% increase in ticket sales at the museum.
In addition, Hackenwerth created, Megamite, a grizzly-bear-sized balloon monster, the artist explains as an anemone, a creature from the deepest reaches of your id. Hackenwerth created Megamite on June 18, 2006 on the New Haven Green as a performance piece during the International Festival. Once the sculpture was complete, the performance continued as Hackenwerth stepped into the piece and wore it around the downtown interacting with hundreds of passers-by.
Yale Bulletin: http://www.yale.edu/opa/arc-ybc/v34.n30/story28.html