This was a short group project with Andy Huntington, Bas Raijmakers, Sunae Kim and Tom Jenkins.


Project Brief

Design a new sport, which we will all play in Hyde Park.


Disclaimer

The designers cannot be held responsible for any injuries sustained from trying to emulate the activities described on this page.


Equipment

  • Helium gas canister
  • Balloons + ribbons
  • Steel pins
  • Adhesive tape

How to play

  • Eye protection must be worn by all participants at all times while playing 'Balloon Wars'.
  • Competitors are each given a helium filled balloon of regulation size (25cm Ø). Each Balloon is tied with a standard ribbon of 1.5m length.
  • Competitors are also equipped with 5 identical steel pins. The pins are fixed to the balloon with adhesive tape prior to a match. Competitors can attach the pins to their balloon in any arrangement they wish.
  • Each match starts with 3 competitors. Each competitor is equipped with their own helium filled, pin mounted balloon. Competitors must hold the balloon at the end of the ribbon throughout a match - failure to do so results in disqualification.
  • Each match is confined to a circular arena of 4m Ø (marked out on the ground). If a competitor steps outside of this arena they are immediately disqualified.
  • Each competitor must attempt to burst an opponent's balloon with their own balloon. If a competitor's balloon is burst they must immediately leave the arena. The match ends when only one balloon/player remains and this player wins the match.
  • If a competitor releases their balloon then they are immediately disqualified.