In a grand spectacle to kick off the Chinese New Year celebrations, a colossal balloon dragon, so gigantic that it broke records, was unveiled in Hong Kong.
Displayed in a shopping mall in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on January 24, the creation set a new Guinness World Records title for the largest balloon sculpture of a dragon.
Measuring the dragon took 30 minutes, revealing a total length of 41.77 meters (137.04 feet) – longer than the combined length of two bowling alleys. Crafted from approximately 38,000 biodegradable rubber balloons, the colossal dragon was the collaborative effort of balloon masters Sze Tai Pang, also known as “Wilson,” and Kun Lung Ho, along with 60 individuals including organizers, university students, and secondary school students.
For Wilson, the significance of creating this record during the Chinese New Year of the Dragon holds cultural importance. In Eastern culture, the dragon symbolizes good luck and blessings, making it a fitting emblem for the occasion. Wilson views this achievement as a way to bring positive news to society.
As a world balloon champion in 2016 and 2018, Wilson faced the challenge of building the sculpture entirely from balloons, with no other materials allowed as a supporting frame. Despite this challenge, he believes in the joy that balloons can bring, especially to children, and sees his mission as sharing joy through his art. Collaborating with college and middle school students infused him with enthusiasm and energy, making him feel rejuvenated. For Wilson, the process was not just about breaking a record; it was about creating interesting stories and fostering a sense of excitement and achievement.
Reflecting on the experience, Wilson expressed satisfaction and gratitude, describing feelings of excitement and fulfillment as if a dream had come true. Beyond the record-breaking achievement, he hopes to showcase that balloon art is a form of artistic expression that goes beyond creating simple shapes. Looking to the future, Wilson aspires to create more works and inspire young people to believe in their dreams, stay motivated, and pursue their passions without giving up.
After its debut, the dragon was transformed into a “Flying Dragon” suspended from the plaza’s ceiling, captivating onlookers and becoming a popular attraction for visitors who flocked to the plaza to take pictures and share in the excitement.