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Apr 28

“NITE-LITES” – “MadeWithBalloons”

"Nite-Lites" is an abstract balloon sculpture with internal lights by Graham Rouse.
“Nite-Lites” is a landmark, classic in balloon art from 1995. It was the first publicly exhibited work using internal lights in the patented version of  “RIBS”.  RIBS (Rouse Internal Balloon Structures) Is Graham Rouse’s 1983 innovation of an inside-out approach to sculptures MadeWithBalloons™.

” N I T E  –  L I T E S ”
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THE BEGINNING

“Nite-Lites” is a landmark, classic in balloon art from 1995. It was the first publicly exhibited work using internal lights in the Rouse patented version of  “RIBS”.  RIBS (Rouse Internal Balloon Structures) Is Graham Rouse’s 1983 innovation of an inside-out approach to sculptures MadeWithBalloons™. The most popular form of RIBS today are “Fantasy Flowers”, a name coined by Graham in 1985.

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The image above is a recently edited version of the original photo.  Despite the fact that the design comes from some 18+ years in the past, it looks like it could have been sent back to us from decades in the future.
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You may learn more about the beginning years of RIBS (and Fantasy Flowers) in this blog post on Making It With Balloons Network:  FANTASY FLOWERS – THE BEGINNING OF “RIBS” FOR BALLOON SCULPTURE.
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MUSINGS MadeWithBalloons™

LATEX SCULPTURE?

Are these “Nite-Lites” really a sculpture of latex and air as advertised or are they actually reflections in a window along the Las Vegas strip?  Are they instead, maybe, neon lights in New York’s Times Square?

LIVING SCULPTURE?

Perhaps they are luminescent tentacles of a plant that lives very deep, black bottom deep, within the ocean.  Or, could it be a snapshot of the mating dance of some tri-sexual form of phosphorescent life from another galaxy?

LUMINOUS TRAIL?

Are the background lights the fading trail of earlier animations by our glowing sculpture? Are they reflections of our sculpture’s light off the wings of a dozen hovering humming birds?  Or maybe they are the shadow of a rainbow turned inside out?

TAKE IT WITH YOU!

In any case, this image is an elegant and active stimulus for the imagination of viewers.  And like the background colors, it will flicker in our mind’s eye long after we have moved on.

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HERE IS HOW

If you are interested in making “Lite-Sculptures™” like the one above, make a note of it in the “Leave A Reply” section below or write me directly at gmr@rousetech.com .
You may read basic instructions for making abstract RIBS in the “HERE IS HOW” section at the end of either of these two earlier ROUSEings posts:
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Copyright 2013 by G. Rouse
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About the author

Graham Rouse

Graham is the owner of Rouse Technologies LLC, Clemson, SC USA.

He has 30+ years professional experience in the balloon industry.
He produces, publishes, exhibits and teaches balloon arts worldwide.
He has 5 patents on technologies for balloon professionals.
He is the creator of seminal innovations for the balloon industry:

(1) structuring balloon sculptures from inside
(2) building balloon displays with aperture frameworks
(3) manufacturing film balloons in connected series.

Graham’s companies manufacture, distribute, teach and support Rouse Matrix Systems™ brand, Expand-And-Load™ balloon grid frames

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