Max Streicher’s Mind-Blowing Inflatable Sculptures


Imagine that you’re swimming some laps in an indoor pool, simply minding your own business, when you look up to see a pair of massive, inflatable clouds looming overhead. Or maybe you’re walking down a city sidewalk, only to have enormous clown spring out at you from in between buildings. With subjects ranging from the aforementioned gigantic clouds and clowns to equally super-sized horses and dung beetles, Canadian sculptor and installation artist Max Streicher creates attention-grabbing, inflatable pieces that he animates using industrial fans and simple valve mechanisms. While his dramatic, kinetic works must be incredible (and/or horrifying!) to encounter in person, lucky for us, they also translate into some visually entertaining photos. Click through for our favorite pics.

Max Streicher, Alto Cumulus, 2006. Tyvek, electric fans, dimensions variable, each cloud 305 x 610 x 300 cm. Hart House Installation

Max Streicher, Floating Giants, 2006. Renylon spinnaker, helium balloons, figus 7 meters tall; Muzik Building installation. Commissioned by The Canadian Art Foundation, 2001

Max Streicher, Ashwamedh, 2010. Nylon spinnaker, each horse 12.8m high, Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India

Max Streicher, Quadriga II, 2007. Nylon spinnaker, each horse 9 meters tall, Union Station, Toronto

Max Streicher, Cloud, 2004. Tyvek, vinyl, electric fans, 9.75 x 9.75 x 7.5 meters, Art Gallery of Ontario

Max Streicher, Floating Forest, 2011. Recycled vinyl, electric fans, dimensions variable, Brookfield Place, Toronto

Max Streicher, Endgame (Coulrophobia), 2010. Recycled vinyl, electric fans, each head: 317 x 396 x 330cm, Nuit Blanche, Toronto

Max Streicher, Architecture of Cloud, 2010. Tyvek, electric fans, dimensions variable. Art Gallery of Hamilton

Max Streicher, Quadriga, 2006. Vinyl, electric fans; each horse, 7 meters tall, Ludwig Forum for Contemporary Art, Aachen, Germany

Max Streicher, Dung Beetle, 2005. Recycled vinyl, 9.2 x 6.4 x 6m