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Pablo Wendel

‘Latimeria’ (2004) by Pablo Wendel

The fishhook is tied to the helium balloon with a string. To ensure that it does not fly away, it is fastened just below the water surface with a knot to an anchor rope. The special knot (a so-called robber‘s knot) unties itself as soon as a fish bites into the hook, causing the balloon to rise to approx. 32,000 metres hight.

Lawnchair Larry

In 1982 Larry Walters, nicknamed ‘Lawnchair Larry’, travelled to an altitude of over 15.000 feet (4600 m.) strapped to an ordinary lawn chair with 45 helium-filled weather balloons attached to it.


Also see this post: The space chair project (commercial)