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Revelers Channeled Their Spirit Animals Amid Massive Sculptures at Animal Soul


On Friday, July 14, partiers gathered at Figat7th to get into spirit-animal mode as they celebrated fantastical creatures from the imagination of artist Jason Hackenwerth. The sculptor's medium of choice is the latex balloon: He inflates hundreds at a time and strings them together in unusual forms and predetermined color patterns to create sculptures resembling animals, insects, aliens or other colorful creatures. But for this installation, he worked in nylon and vinyl to create three large-scale, internally lit, inflated sculptures based on his famous balloon designs. These sculptures tower over the viewer at 20 to 30 feet high and will be on display for nine days in downtown L.A. Clubgoers danced among whimsical wearable sculptures fabricated out of balloons as they bounced to the beat of the Quiet Clubbing DJs.

All photos by Shannon Cottrell.