What would you do if you had 2,600 balloons and a lot of free time on your hands?
For Jeremy Telford, a father of three from Utah, the answer was obvious: build an inflatable replica of Bag End, the home of the character Bilbo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Telford, a 34-year-old professional balloon artist from Pleasant Grove who happens to be a Tolkien superfan, spent nearly 40 hours over three days re-creating the hobbit retreat in his living room using a hand pump to inflate all the building materials.
The end result was a life-sized balloon Bag End, complete with a fireplace with balloon lames, roof beams, a chandelier, a pantry with working doors, an armchair with a matching footstool and even a fruit centerpiece filled with balloon apples. ‘I’v
e been wanting to build something from “The Hobbit” for a while now,’ Telford told Rex Features. ‘My wife and I sat down and picked out a few days to set aside for the build.
‘We figured out how to get most of the furniture out of our living room and planned out how to build around the rest.’
But completing the project required more than just a truckload of balloons and an understanding spouse.
The 34-year-old Utah man, who is part of the group Balloon Guy Entertainment, started out by researching 18th century English furniture to get the style down, re-read The Hobbit and then designed a layout for his version of Bag End.
When it came time to begin construction, Telford set up a camera to take pictures every 18 seconds for a stunning time-lapse video, which shows the 34-year-old erecting the impressive structure with the help of his three young kids.
Baggins’ balloon home survived for three days in the Telfords’ living room before its chief architect gave his three children, ages two, five, and seven, the go ahead to demolish his creation, which took another two days.
‘They were sad when it was finally time to reclaim the living room for living,’ Telford said.
This is not the first time that the professional balloon twister, who literally wrote the book on his craft called Balloonology, has taken on an ambitious project.
He has created life-size replicas of a stegosaurus, a complete T. rex skeleton, and a motorcycle, and performed his balloon act during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Yahoo! News reported.