The Balloon Rhino Project – Proud of Our Team

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You haven’t heard from us recently. That’s because we were so busy working with artists around the globe on The Balloon Rhino Project. Artists from 35 countries made balloon rhinos to call awareness to the significant problems rhinos face from poachers. I, Marsha, led the Washington D.C. team to create a life sized rhino right here in Fairfax, Virginia.

One of the most common questions people had as they came in to see us making this display was, “Why?” Why are people creating balloon rhinos. The short answer is that rhinos are rapidly disappearing in the wild and are in danger of extinction. Poachers shoot them and cut off their horns to sell them on the black market. Details are explained much better at www.theballoonrhinoproject.co.za if you’d like to know more. It’s not too late for you to help, too.

On a personal note, I also have made a life of bringing joy to others in small ways. I love to see the smile that lights up someone’s face when they see a great balloon creation. Even though balloons are temporary just like sand castles or ice sculptures, they lift our spirits for just a little while. Sometimes that makes all the difference in a person’s day. I wanted to create a piece of art that would do just that. If you missed it, I hope you enjoy the photos.

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