Watch Art of Space inflate their new construction in Warehouse #3 at Drury late last night. The inflatable is made of plastic sheeting 30’x40’x13′ and will be installed at Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street this weekend.

The plastic sheeting was cut, layered in origami-like folds, and heat sealed using the irons. The finished piece will be installed at ArtsFest on May 5-6. It will cover an area about 30 x 40 feet, be inflated using big fans, and have doors so people can walk inside.

Art of Space is a collaboration of Drury students, faculty, alumni and members of the Springfield community who built the packing tape installation last spring in a vacant Park Central basement and organized the Nest Parade from C-street to Park Central Square in November, 2011. For more information about work sessions or other aspects of the Inflatable Art Project, email

poster by Adam Grosbach, video and photos by Russ RuBert