Oscar, Son Of Digby
If you were at the Maritime Festival last month, you couldn’t help but see the giant balloon sculpture of Oscar, son of Digby, welcoming guests in from Stoke Bridge. Oscar was designed and created by local balloon artist, Samuel Stamp-Dod.
Samuel runs VIP Balloons: a company that - as well as providing balloons for weddings and parties - also creates art from balloons. Many of you will have seen dogs and swords made from balloons, and as well as making these, Samuel also creates much bigger sculptures - like Oscar! Samuel also provides the balloon arrangements for Waterfront Life’s annual Restaurant of the Year Awards Night.
This month, VIP Balloons will be building a forest made entirely from balloons at Greshams, Tuddenham Road. Here they will host three days of Halloween activities for children to attend. Monday 22nd October will follow a Harry Potter theme, Tuesday 23rd sees a Superhero Day and Wednesday 24th sees the forest filled with princesses. The activities are suitable for pre-school and primary aged children and start at just £5 per session, with a varied programme offered. There will be craft sessions, dancing, balloon modelling, storytelling, singing, discos, party games and much more.
This isn’t the first time that Samuel has built a forest from balloons. In 2017 he transformed the art gallery at the University’s Waterfront Building and more recently in August this year he built a starlit forest.
You can take 360* tours of both these forests on his website at ww.vipballoons.co.uk/balloonforest, where you will also be able to book for the Halloween activities planned for the half term holidays.