Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Public Places Into Alien Landscapes

original-1Stepping inside one of Penique Productions’ massive balloon installations is like walking into the ghostly remains of an alien palace. The walls of the giant, inflatable structures press up against the balconies, alcoves, fountains and ceilings of public spaces, transforming otherwise familiar locales into colorful interiors plucked straight from an avant-garde horror film.

It’s sometimes difficult to tell, but the Barcelona-based art collective uses oversized balloons to craft their hauntingly beautiful rooms, inflating the plastic structures until they begin to wrap themselves around the buildings’ interior architecture, enveloping the spaces in bright yellows, blues and purples. The end results are barely recognizable, sprucing up corners of Portugal, Italy, Catalonia and Mexico.

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