Bill Whelan is in the process of building 2 Special Shape Balloons.
The first of the two is what has been called “Bunch of Bees”. Lots of names have been thrown around for what to call this Balloon, I think Bill said it was going to be called “Billy’s Bees” today…
Here’s the 3D render of the Balloon:
You see Bill is a beekeeper, and the Balloon is a tribute to bees. It’s basically a bee-hive with 6 bees. Except the bees are huge! And very complex. I think Bill said each bee has over 100 pieces. Here’s a map of the pieces for just 1/2 of one bees:
I (Alain Bard) have been helping when I can (along with other NCBC members) to cut and sew this balloon. It’s quite the impressive undertaking. Here’s a picture of myself, Bill & Sandra sewing some of the bee parts together:
Just to put the size of the bees in perspective, here’s a little video of Sandra putting some air in one bee’s antennae (on top of the bees head):
Compare one person to one antennae, then extrapolate using the 3D render… The bees are HUGE!
This is going to be a really cool balloon. I can’t wait to put some air into it!
Here’s a picture of 1/2 of a bee’s head all sewn together: