Rochester’s Airigami, a team of artists that creates large-scale installations, illustrations and experiences out of balloons, recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates’ Maker Faire Dubai.
Larry Moss, founder and creative director, joined artistic director Kelly Cheatle at the Dubai World Trade Center to build a 13-foot replica of the Maker Faire mascot, Makey, and create the Airigami Bubble Mural.
“We’ve done around 15 Maker Faires in the U.S. and around the world so far, in Tokyo, Shenzhen, Kuwait City, San Francisco, New York City and — of course — Rochester,” Moss said.
According to the official website, Maker Faires are “a celebration of invention, creativity and curiosity showcasing the very best of the global Maker Movement. People of all ages and backgrounds gather to learn, share, play and make.”
“I think we’re asked to these events because our installations are spectacular as well as creative,” Cheatle said. “Our participatory bubble murals are also a huge hit. In this case, the public assembled a giant tapestry of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world.”
Cheatle’s son Avery and John Wolfson joined the Airigami team in Dubai to help with this project. Visit for information.