People often associate balloon animals with clowns and awful circus scenarios, where the biggest struggle isn’t to block out the cringey sound of balloons rubbing, but more to make out what they are supposed to be, after the terrifying middle aged clown man hands the balloon animal to you with an expression on his face that is fit for nightmares.

This confusion is not only gone, but completely replaced with awe as soon as you lay your eyes on the balloon animal creations of Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto. When the two-six hour process is over and photographed he then pops the creations, proving that he is living a much more balanced life than those who can’t even throw away a three month old receipt from a grocery trip.

Matsumo has been creating balloon animals and insects for seven years, and what is even more impressive than the small, perfect details of his work is the fact that he uses no adhesive tape, pens or closing mechanisms of any kind. Just thinking of all the times people have tried to tie a knot on a regular balloon to then have it slip away, truly emphasizes the complexity and precision it requires to create these creatures.

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