The Krakow balloon has become a soaring success, but it’s going to take a while for us Cracowians to get used to it popping up unexpectedly around every corner. We’re just not used to having a giant white orb floating above our picturesquely crumbling roofscapes. It can give you quite a turn. If it was there all the time it would be easier to get used to, but the balloon people are far more sneaky than that. The thing goes up and down every 15 minutes or so, and it’s completely silent. Pop into a shop for a few minutes and when you come out there’s suddenly an absurdly alien round thing looming at you from over the buildings opposite.
Frankly I absolutely love it. There’s something deliciously absurd about this pure white science fiction sphere unexpectedly inserting itself into familiar sights. I’d have more of them if I had my way, all in primary colours and on mobile launch platforms so you could never tell where they were going to appear next. I’d also do away with the silly basket full of people dangling underneath, it’s spoils the effect, but I suppose somebody has to pay for my pleasure.
Take a look at these sightings and then have a go at the thrilling ‘spot-the-balloon’ competition below.
That’s no moon. It’s a… well I’m not sure what it is to be honest.
Eeeiiii! Flee for your lives, the balloon people cometh!
Goddamn sneaky balloon, come out where I can see you!
Will the ancient walls of Wawel stand against the sinister balloon threat.
I can see you cowering behind that wall feeble earthling!
To the church! Jesus will save us!
The Competition Bit
Using my ninja-like Photoshop skilz I have cunningly removed the balloon from this shot. All you have to do is guess the square. I’ve purposely lowered the quality of the image so it’s no use looking for dodgy pixels in the sky.
I’ll give you a clue. It’s not D1.
The Solution Bit