Date
23 January 2017
Lam’s winning masterpiece, Poseidon, wins the top prize in the annual balloon competition in New Orleans. Photo: WBC / Facebook
Lam’s winning masterpiece, Poseidon, wins the top prize in the annual balloon competition in New Orleans. Photo: WBC / Facebook

HK balloon artists win international award in New Orleans

Full-time balloon artist Manson Lam and his three teammates won the World Balloon Convention’s annual competition in New Orleans earlier this month, am730 reports.

The Hong Kong team’s winning masterpiece is called Poseidon, a 2.8-meter-tall homage to the Greek god of the sea.

Lam said his team took 12 hours to create their masterpiece, which went on to beat contestants from over 60 countries.

The four of them spent about HK$40,000 each in order to enter the competition in the United States and it took them six months to come up with the concept and practice in turning into an actual balloon sculpture.

The art piece was complemented by special sound effects, background music and lighting to add to its attraction.

The quartet confessed they had never dreamed of winning the international competition.

The global recognition has now reinforced their belief that Hong Kong balloon artists can compete at the top level with anyone.

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