Jason Hackenwerth: Crown Of Thorns

Being an artist, of course, necessitates a certain amount of creativity. There are some artists who are able to constantly surprise with their level of creativity, turning out art that is completely original. New York artist Jason Hackenwerth's art is so distinctive and unusual that it's safe to say the world has never seen anything like it. Jason Hackenwerth creates massive sculptures from colorful PVC and latex balloons. The same balloons you might see taking center stage at a child's birthday party. He spends days twisting and attaching the balloons to  create huge creatures that are simultaneously bizarre and wonderful. The creatures look like a strange cross between sea invertebrates, bugs and alien monsters. Their otherworldly anatomy and bright colors make them almost believableas fierce airborne predators.

At first glance, the creatures may appear whimsical or even silly. And they are "but that's not the whole story. The sculptures begin their lives as jovial, plum celebrations of life. As they age, the trapped air begins toescape. The sculptures that were once full of life begin to sag and droop, reminding us all of the transience of ourown lives.