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Jason Hackenwerth doesn't clown around with balloons

6:47 PM, Mar 23, 2012   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) - Jason Hackenwerth's job has more twists and turns than most, which means every minute is slightly unpredictable.

"I think we have a break rate of about three percent," Hackenwerth said.

That doesn't, however, include the purposely popped.

"What you do hear are these bits that I don't need any more," Hackenwerth explained.

It's a big job that requires a bunch of balloons.

"I probably brought 15,000," Hackenwerth said.

It also requires taped fingers, sock feet, ear plugs and oh yeah, about 40 hours of work.

"Have you ever worked for eight hours with your hands over your head," Hackenwerth asked.

Of course these are balloons so once finished the piece will only last a month or two.

"It's already deflating," Hackenwerth pointed out.

But that's what makes his sculptures even more special.

"Ultimately, it groups this into experiential art. You really have to come and experience it while it exists," Hackenwerth said.

It's also taught him something about life.

"Don't take things too seriously and be willing to let it go," Hackenwerth added.

And well, there's nothing twisted about that.


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