Lift has been on exhibition in Scottsdale, Arizona for nearly 5 months and it feels like no time at all!
The exhibition wraps up in early August and Lift will be relocated to a new city, so be sure to drop by and visit the piece at 7373 E Scottsdale Mall while you still can!
If you’re a fan of lift living outside of Scottsdale, where do you want to see Lift shown next?
Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
Here’s a post I made for Reddit with lots of lovely process images of Lift . Check it out and vote it up!
My name is Leslie Tharp
I make metal sculptures.
And here I am again working on my latest project Lift.
Lift is a HUGE hot air balloon inspired metal installation.
Check out how I made it. I learned to weave mild steel to create big steel baskets that sit below each huge balloon.
The weave pattern is the same pattern used to weave actual hot air balloon baskets. Of course those aren’t made of metal..
You can see a short stop animation of the weaving process here.
When the baskets were finished I attached handles and coiled steel seats on top so they became public benches, stationed below each suspended balloon.
Each basket has a suspended balloon sculpture hanging above it.
The balloons are made from aluminum hoops.
I designed the balloons to be collapsible so they can be easily transported city to city.
Look at this YouTube video of my hoisting the balloon for the first time in my backyard.
The balloons were powdercoated a bright coral pink (powdercoating is sort of like paint, but baked on).
Where do you think Lift should go next?
Leave your comments below and visit LeslieTharp.com to see more!