Running on air | Arts & Culture
You'll see lots of running shoes around town during Bloomsday, but only one shoe will be big enough to fit someone 60ft. tall. A local balloon artist has been commissioned to create a giant running shoe in celebration of our favorite road race.
Ryan Oelrich is known locally for making giant balloon floats and sculptures. This isn't the first time he's made a giant running shoe for Bloomsday, but this year the shoe takes special meaning to Oelrich.
The shoe will be entirely purple, not only to celebrate the Lilac City, but also to raise awareness about epilepsy. Purple is the memorial color for individuals living with it. Oelrich has the neurological disorder and has been an advocate with the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest for eight years.
The giant purple shoe will be made up of 250 balloons, representing 260 individuals living with epilepsy. Every balloon will also be inflated by hand. The mini-van sized show will be on display starting Monday, April 29th at Riverpark Square. On Friday it will move to the Bloomsday Trade Show at the convention center where it will advertise the upcoming Northwest Walk for Epilepsy, which is sponsored by Bloomsday.
To see more of Ryan Oelrich's air art go to http://www.airsculpting.com