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This mountain, made up of over 2,000 balloons, served as a setting for the interactive children's shows which took place in a commercial gallery in Auxerre all through the winter break.

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Mountain Climbing
Mountain Climbing

Closeup on the elves climbing up the steep mountainside.

 

Closeup on the elves climbing up the steep mountainside.

Luge
Luge

Here\'s an elf about to have a lot of fun with his luge.

 

Here's an elf about to have a lot of fun with his luge.

Hang Gliding
Hang Gliding

The children from the audience are the ones who directed Môssieur Ballon in creating the details of the mural... For example, this hang-gliding balloon elf.

 

The children from the audience are the ones who directed Môssieur Ballon in creating the details of the mural... For example, this hang-gliding balloon elf.

Rabbits
Rabbits

Another view of the family of rabbits.

 

Another view of the family of rabbits.

Teddy Bears
Teddy Bears

Here is a family of little brown bears!

 

Here is a family of little brown bears!

Princess
Princess

A volunteer is taking part in the show, wearing a balloon princess dress.

 

A volunteer is taking part in the show, wearing a balloon princess dress.

Games
Games

Guessing games give children a chance to win giant balloon sculptures made by Môssieur Ballon.

 

Guessing games give children a chance to win giant balloon sculptures made by Môssieur Ballon.

Flower
Flower

Giving out a flower during the guessing game.

 

Giving out a flower during the guessing game.

Snowman
Snowman

Do you want to build a snowman? During the mountain-themed live balloon performance, several smaller murals were also placed in different parts of the commercial gallery - here, a snowman.

 

Do you want to build a snowman? During the mountain-themed live balloon performance, several smaller murals were also placed in different parts of the commercial gallery - here, a snowman.

Balloon Snowman
Balloon Snowman

Front view of the balloon snowman. If Môssieur Ballon had made him with helium rather than air, this one might have decided to go walking in the air. And he frankly wouldn\'t have lasted very long. This snowman is built to last!

 

Front view of the balloon snowman. If Môssieur Ballon had made him with helium rather than air, this one might have decided to go walking in the air. And he frankly wouldn't have lasted very long. This snowman is built to last!

Balloon Chalet
Balloon Chalet

We couldn\'t leave out Nanna Elf waiting in her chalet for the little elves to come home for a snack. She\'s made them nice hot pancakes!

 

We couldn't leave out Nanna Elf waiting in her chalet for the little elves to come home for a snack. She's made them nice hot pancakes!

Mountain Climbing Balloon Elves
Mountain Climbing Balloon Elves

Or these elves, who decided to climb the steepest part of the mountainside...

 

Or these elves, who decided to climb the steepest part of the mountainside...

Elf on luge
Elf on luge

Other angle of the elf on its luge.

 

Other angle of the elf on its luge.

Fishing in the stream
Fishing in the stream

Closeup on one of the elvish fishermen...

 

Closeup on one of the elvish fishermen...

By the snowmelt stream
By the snowmelt stream

The children are the ones who asked Môssieur Ballon to create elves fishing in the tumultuous mountain stream.

 

The children are the ones who asked Môssieur Ballon to create elves fishing in the tumultuous mountain stream.

Hang-gliding Elf
Hang-gliding Elf

Side view of the hang-gliding balloon elf.

 

Side view of the hang-gliding balloon elf.

Mountain-Climbing Elf
Mountain-Climbing Elf

Closeup on one of the mountain-climbing elves\' face.

 

Closeup on one of the mountain-climbing elves' face.

Rabbits Closeup
Rabbits Closeup

Here is a family of rabbits, enjoying the winter wonderland spirit.

 

Here is a family of rabbits, enjoying the winter wonderland spirit.

Snowy Mountain
Snowy Mountain

Winter Break in Auxerre, and another balloon performance. The theme this time was Mountains and Snow.

 

Winter Break in Auxerre, and another balloon performance. The theme this time was Mountains and Snow.

Mama Bear
Mama Bear

Front view of a balloon bear.

 

Front view of a balloon bear.

Children participating
Children participating

One child wearing a frog mask and another a princess dress, in Môssieur Ballon\'s children\'s show forming part of the balloon performance..

 

One child wearing a frog mask and another a princess dress, in Môssieur Ballon's children's show forming part of the balloon performance..

Knight
Knight

A knight, wearing a balloon helmet and sword.

 

A knight, wearing a balloon helmet and sword.

Roleplay
Roleplay

Roleplaying: the princess and the knight.

 

Roleplaying: the princess and the knight.

The Frog
The Frog

Môssieur Ballon\'s children\'s show: a child takes on the part of a frog with his balloon mask.

 

Môssieur Ballon's children's show: a child takes on the part of a frog with his balloon mask.

Participant
Participant

A girl from the audience taking part in the show and wearing the balloon princess dress.

 

A girl from the audience taking part in the show and wearing the balloon princess dress.

The Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog

Children participating in a roleplaying game wearing balloon costumes. Here, the frog and the princess.

 

Children participating in a roleplaying game wearing balloon costumes. Here, the frog and the princess.

Foot of the Mountain
Foot of the Mountain

The children are carefully listening to the show taking place at the foot of the mountain.

 

The children are carefully listening to the show taking place at the foot of the mountain.

Show
Show

Mountain-themed performance in Auxerre. As often, during balloon performances the giant balloon murals were used as backdrops to Môssieur Ballon\'s children\'s shows which took place every afternoon.

 

Mountain-themed performance in Auxerre. As often, during balloon performances the giant balloon murals were used as backdrops to Môssieur Ballon's children's shows which took place every afternoon.

Bigfoot
Bigfoot

Maybe the climbing elves are looking for a chance to glimpse the Bigfoot living in the mountaintops.

 

Maybe the climbing elves are looking for a chance to glimpse the Bigfoot living in the mountaintops.

 
 
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