This might easily be one of my craziest blog-projects so far. With the help of 25 amazing volunteers, an aerial platform and more than 6000 balloons I created two balloon trees at the central train station of Eindhoven last Sunday.
My balloon tree project is a reminder for anyone with big, colourful, crazy dreams. I want to show that the only thing standing between you and your dreams is action. It’s one thing to imagine a balloon tree, a very different thing to actually create one. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. I don’t have any special means or super powers. I’m just a girl with a colourful vision and enough dedication and passion to fill up two bodies. So if I can make this weird, happy, colourful dream come true, so can you make yours happen.
I added a sign to the tree that reads:
Brighten the world.
Make your colourful dreams reality.
Share your dream: #balloontree
I hope you will use the hashtag to share your own dreams. It would be wonderful to see a colourful collection of big, bright dreams floating around the Internet.
I hope my balloon trees will bring a smile to the faces of people who pass by. I hope it brings some colour to the still cold and grey days. I hope it brightens your day and reminds you to imagine a more beautiful world, and then create one.
Stad & Co, Horecavereniging Stationskwartier and EHV365 helped me make this colourful fairytale scene reality on relatively short notice. I cannot even describe how grateful I am for the help of all the volunteers who worked dedicatedly from 10 in the morning till the sun set. Without them, there wouldn’t be any balloon trees.
If you want to see the making-of-video of the project later this week, be sure to subscribe, so you won’t miss anything.
In case you were wondering, you can still see the balloon trees the rest of the week. They are in the city center of Eindhoven, at the south side of the central train station. Sunday, March 13th I will clean everything up again.
If you can use someone to break the everyday routine and add colour and happiness to your organisation, neighbourhood or city, don’t hesitate to contact me with your ideas. If you have any questions about this project, you can ask them in the comments.
Speaking of comments: please tell me, what are your dreams?
Lastly, be sure to share this post if you think the world could use more people bringing colour to it, more people following their big dreams and more people doing inspiring things.
All pictures by Annemijcke Photography
March 7, 2016 at 20:37
Foto week 9: Colors of the city
March 7, 2016 at 23:14
You are amazing!!! I love seeing the things you do!!x
March 8, 2016 at 20:14
Thank you so much <3
March 22, 2017 at 18:52
Hi, I Love Your tree even a year after You created it! ☀️ Did You use any specific type of balloons? Love from Camilla
March 23, 2017 at 11:55
I did. I tested about 6 different brands to check how long they would last outside in the cold for a couple of days. In the end I bought them from a local party shop, their glossy balloons were most durable. I can’t remember the brand. I think they were packaged in bags of 50 or 100. If you want you can check http://www.hetsnabbeltje.nl/ or ask them about the balloons that were used for the balloon tree, they will remember/know :)
March 8, 2016 at 00:07
Great work,made a photo of it today!
March 8, 2016 at 20:13
Happy to hear!
March 8, 2016 at 01:33
I love love love those balloons! And I don’t even like balloons how weird is that, so yeah you made me smile because I do love color!
March 8, 2016 at 10:08
Haha that’s awesome! You’re actually the second one who told me that. Glad you liked it!
March 8, 2016 at 14:19
I Found a picture through Social Media and it’s located near my favourite restaurant Giornale that made my dream a reality last october when we got married. So to see this blog afterwards it makes even more sense! Thanks for sharing you’re colorfull creation!
March 8, 2016 at 16:51
Ahhh that’s so wonderful to hear! Hope your wedding day was just as happy and magical, but I’m sure it was!
March 8, 2016 at 15:58
It is indeed a project that inspires many people and it definitely is the Talk of the Town
March 8, 2016 at 16:53
Haha yes. I didn’t actually anticipated that. I expected some attention, but not the insane amount of people taking pictures and the news getting involved.
March 8, 2016 at 16:21
Love the photos, the transformation that you were able to create, the joy that you were able to spread!
March 8, 2016 at 16:54
I’m so happy you like it! This is my way of creating a more playful world :)
March 8, 2016 at 19:27
Great idea! Really loved it when I passed the balloon trees this morning :-)
March 8, 2016 at 20:11
That makes me so happy to hear! :)
March 8, 2016 at 20:06
This brightened my day in San Diego, California, even though it is lovely, sunny and green here. What a delight to share with others!
March 8, 2016 at 20:12
How cool! I feel like I brought a little bit of spring here, even though it’s still quite cold and grey ;)
March 9, 2016 at 00:50
Marielle you are so amazing :)
Colorful emotions emerging from every branch
Poetry dancing with the cold wind
The tree playing joyfully with the balloons
The fractal dimensions of a smile :)
The fruit of your passion welded to action producing everlasting appreciation of life´s magical moments
March 9, 2016 at 10:53
Thanks Mauro! How beautifully described :)
March 9, 2016 at 01:18
HOLY SHIT, M!!!
March 9, 2016 at 10:54
Haha, glad you like it Mary :D
March 9, 2016 at 21:28
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March 10, 2016 at 13:46
What a wonderful and colorful initiative! I pass by the balloons every day when I go to my work and when I return. And every time I think of the movie ‘Up’ by Pixar, do you know it? I love this computer animated movie, it is so full of fantasy and great thoughts!
Anyway, besides that I love initiatives like your balloon trees, I also love and care about the environment. And it makes me sad to see how careless people handle throwing things away. I can’t help noticing that the empty balloons that come of the balloon trees are spread all over the pavements and in the plants near the roadsides. How do you deal with those wasteballoons? I like your project even more if you would also take care of the cleaning up of all the balloons. That would really brighten up my day! Am very curious :-).
March 10, 2016 at 14:07
Yes, I have seen the movie. It has been referenced a lot with this project. As for cleaning: of course I’m going to clean it up! Next Sunday I’ll remove all the balloons from the trees and all the pieces I can find on the pavement and between the plants. I’m even trying to think if there isn’t a way to reuse the materials in a creative way for a new project. Can’t promise anything in this aspect yet, as it will mainly depend on my own creativity ;) I’m aware that I used a lot of balloons and it’s always a balance between taking care and being responsible and/or also trying to brighten up a place in a creative way to inspire thousands of people. I felt it was worth it. I did carefully select the trees also on things like if the branches would be strong enough (so nothing would break), and made sure to do it before they actually start blooming, so I won’t damage the new leaves. Hope that answers your question!
March 11, 2016 at 16:01
I loved loved loved the balloons, it really brightend my day and put a smile on my face.
March 12, 2016 at 00:46
Yay! So happy to hear :)
Y. van Geloven
March 11, 2016 at 19:06
Brought a smile to my face! I decided to share it on my website:http://ladiesgamers.com/about-games/fridays-cup-of-coffee-wk-10/
March 12, 2016 at 00:47
Cool! Happy you liked it :)
April 1, 2016 at 19:10
I’d love to invite you to add this to my link up! Such a fun adventure. :)
April 2, 2016 at 01:06
This is such an amazing public art project!!! I LOVE IT!!!!
February 4, 2017 at 06:35
I LOVE the balloon trees! They remind me of Farmville! lol they had Balloon trees.
February 4, 2017 at 13:14
Really? I never played farmville and I had no idea they existed somewhere other than in my imagination :)
May 4, 2017 at 18:54
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