Inflatable sun brings Tropicana sunshine to London

When we were initially approached by a group of artists to create a corporate sponsored artwork to be inflated in a densely populated urban space we had no idea that we would make a huge cold air filled inflatable sphere to represent the sun and that it would be suspended by a crane next to Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

That’s exactly what we did working very closely with the artist collective Greyworld.

Their brief was that they were commissioned by Tropicana to bring a little sunshine to the people of London and to do that meant putting 2500 kgs of light inside a 7 meter diameter yellow inflatable sphere!

First we made a 3 meter diameter cold air filled sphere so they could experiment with the lighting and get an idea of the size and output of the air blown fan we use to continuously cold air fill the inflatable sphere. When they measured the heat escaping through the suspension hole at the top of the balloon it was 100º centigrade!

This was very helpful to us as when we made the giant 7 meter diameter Sun we were able to fit an additional fan into the sphere specifically to help exhaust the heat generated by the colossal internal lighting system. Using the equivalent to 60,000 light bulbs our Sun pumped out an incredible 4 million lumens!

ABC Inflatables assisted in the very early Monday morning installation of the Sun at Trafalgar Square and were very pleased to be able to brighten everybody’s day on what would otherwise have been a normal dark and dreary winters morning in London Town!

To see how it was all put together click here

If you want a cold air filled inflatable come to the experts at ABC Inflatables and let us brighten your day!