The article I read about the balloon birds made by Terry Cook said they weren’t suitable for a children’s birthday party, but they don’t know the children I know! After carefully crafting his surprisingly realistic (not a word I expected to apply to balloon animals) birds, he photographs them in the setting where the real thing would typically be found, adding to the realism of the pieces. It made me extra happy to read that Cook carefully removes and deflates the balloons after they are photographed so he isn’t polluting those natural settings.
“I am passionately against careless discard of balloons (or any rubbish for that matter) and never ever leave these in the wild. I still have all the deflated balloons used from the different projects, and intend on keeping them until I can think of something cool to do with them. “-Terry Cook
Cook is a really interesting, creative guy. He describes his work as “paintings, contraptions, and experiments.” What fun! His contraptions include experimental robotics, analog automaton toys with moving parts, and a whole bevy of hilariously useless breakfast-making machines. The Scotland native is also a talented animator, and judging by his Instagram, an total bug, bird, and animal nut. I mostly enjoyed his posts, though he spends an awful lot of time playing with spiders. Yeesh.
All images property of Terry Cook.