November Thankful Project
Back in May during the COVID lockdowns, we at Balloon Designers created an artistic walk-through experience along Newport Way NW in Issaquah. Over 25 different installations were created that included "Motivation Moments" to encourage people to never lose sight that we WILL get through these unique and challenging times.
As we enter the ninth month of the pandemic here in the US, we thought it would be nice to bring this concept back as we reflect on what we are truly thankful for, despite all the difficult times we have faced as individuals, families and communities since the COVID-19 crisis began.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we at Balloon Designers will be "taking over" Preston Mill Park in Preston, WA, and installing a minimum of twenty five (25) "Thankful Towers" throughout the area. And this time, we are encouraging you to be part of the celebration!
There are two ways you can participate:
- Option 1: Submit your own personal reasons why you are particularly thankful this holiday season via email. We will select our own personal favorites from all of those submitted and include them in our "Thankful Towers" that we create for the installation.* THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO COST TO YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS MANNER.
- Option 2: You can sponsor a "Thankful Tower" and guarantee that your submission will be included. Perhaps you have a special message you want to convey, lend more support to the cause or simply want to make sure that your loved one's submission is included. Whatever the reason, a portion of the sponsorship will go to the Preston Food Bank to help those in need during this holiday season as well. Sponsorship of a "Thankful Tower" is only $55.00 plus tax, and ensures that your message to your community will be included.**
Submissions should include:
- The message you'd like to share, or what you are truly thankful for during these challenging times
- How you would like the name on the card to appear (We recommend your first name and last initial, or family name, such as The Jones')
- The town/city you reside in
This project is a continuation of the "One Million Bubbles" effort that was founded in March 2020 during the COVID lockdowns around the world. Over the course of three previous efforts, over 2200 artists from 81 countries took part in a global effort to bring joy to people's lives using their skills as balloon artists. And we at Balloon Designers are honored to share that we are the ones that launched that project, after seeing the reaction from people over our murals that were presented at our previous location on Newport Way NW in Issaquah, WA.
Installation Date: Wednesday, November 25th, through Sunday, November 29th, 2020
Address: Preston Mill Park
(Directly next door to our workshop)
8606 Preston-Fall City Road SE
Preston, WA 98050
Park is open from sunrise to sunset
Contact: Steve and Alexa of Balloon Designers
ALSO NOTE: The staff of Balloon Designers will take responsibility for all maintenance, upkeep and disposal of the "Thankful Towers" over the course of these days. All latex balloons used in the effort are made from 100% biodegradable plant-based latex, and all foil/mylar balloons will be properly recycled after the event is over. A minimal amount of helium will be used, but over 90% of the effort will be inflated with regular air.
* Please note that we may have to shorten or abbreviate some elements of the message, but will do our best to include everything. Also note that selections made through this process will be contingent on the subject. We are looking for a wide variety of reasons why someone might be particularly thankful so as to create a wider appeal to everyone coming to enjoy them.
**The intention behind this project is to convey an overall sense of joy, gratitude and community. In the event that your message is deemed divisive, offensive or intended to potentially draw anger from the viewer, then we will respectfully decline your sponsorship and refund 100% of your contribution should it reach that point. Our own views on politics, social issues, etc, have nothing to do with this decision; it is strictly about how the statement is presented. There are ways to express a viewpoint without degrading the opinions or values of others...that is all we ask.