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10,000 Pink Balloons To Be Given Out In Afghanistan

Published on May 22, 2013 by   ·   4 Comments Pin It
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In less than a week, NY-based artist Yazmany Arboleda and 130 volunteers will hand out 10,000 globally-crowdfunded pink balloons in Kabul, Afghanistan via his project We Believe In Balloons.  This project combines public art x gifts to citizens of a war-torn country x women’s rights (pink=femininity) x a moment in time that will create a lifelong unique memory.

For decades now, whether during the Soviet Occupation, the Civil War or the Taliban Regime, the Afghan people have been subject to continuous conflict and oppression. As a result, Afghanistan has been starved economically, socially and culturally. Whilst large streams of refugees inundated the cities post 2002, life in more remote areas of the country has remained unchanged, in some instances for decades, in others even for centuries. It is for this reason that they have chosen Kabul, following similar events in Bangalore in India, Nairobi in Kenya, and Yamaguchi in Japan. In each of those places, The Balloon Project disrupted the Monday Morning commute ritual by handing out 10,000 bio-degradable bright balloons, creating a living sculpture that brought about joy, wonderment and a new sense of awareness to people.

Watch this gorgeous 1 minute clip of how and why;

An image from this event in India;

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Here’s what this work will look like, how magical;

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. nancy says:

    Hi,
    This is from ‘Save the Whales.’

    ” Balloons are ingested by whales, dolphins, turtles, seals, fish and water-fowl, who innocently believe they are food such as jellyfish or squid.
    A young sperm whale was dying when it stranded on a New Jersey beach. A balloon had had lodged in its stomach, preventing the passage of food.

    A leatherback turtle (which is an endangered species) starved to death because a latex balloon halted passage of food to its stomach. The only thing found in its intestines during a post mortem was three feet of nylon string attached to a balloon.

    These are only two graphic examples of the thousands of animals killed every year by balloons.”

  2. Bettina says:

    Please reconsider. Balloons kill countless wildlife because as the other commenter on this thread said, they think they are food. Please do something other than balloons.

  3. Hi Nancy + Bettina!
    We have the same concerns and use biodegradable balloons for the WeBelieveInBalloons project. More importantly, we don’t release the balloons into the air. We hand the balloons out to individuals who keep the balloons all day, let the balloons deflate and then open up the balloon to reveal a personalized message. Then they throw the balloon out in their regular trash.
    Best,
    Greg

  4. Nancy says:

    No offense, but I doubt all 10,000 balloons will make it into the garbage. Little children tend to let go by accident and we’re assuming even the adults will be willing/able to hold onto them all day. It would be nice to see something metaphorical that was more environmentally/animal friendly.




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