Giant hot air balloon of Vincent van Gogh's head fails to launch in Toronto
Go, go, van Gogh! Go!... Please go. Why won't you go?
Crappy Toronto weather. That's why.
Fans of fine art, hot air balloons and weird things in general were disappointed on Wednesday night when the scheduled launch of a giant Vincent van Gogh head into the skies of Toronto didn't quite pan out as planned.
Mr. Van Gogh is done for tonight. pic.twitter.com/eSj4deYEWJ— Tim Kocur (@t_kocur) July 29, 2021
Organizers of the wildly-popular immersive van Gogh exhibition, which officially reopened in downtown Toronto this week, had previously announced (to much fanfare) that they would be launching a 91-foot hot air balloon shaped like the iconic Dutch artist's head over Yonge and Queen's Quay on July 28.
"A Van Gogh hot air balloon is floating its way around the Toronto waterfront from 5-8 pm today," tweeted the Waterfront BIA around 5:30 p.m. when sharing video footage of the grounded balloon billowing in a parking lot.
Onlookers quite enjoyed watching the head inflate near the site of the exhibition at 1 Yonge St.
Went for a walk just to see the giant Van Gogh head pic.twitter.com/8MtmxShTnM— Alanna Rizza (@AlannaRizza) July 28, 2021
Something started to feel amiss, however, when at 8:10 p.m. — ten minutes past the spectacle's scheduled end date — the balloon had yet to launch.
In the end, despite multiple attempts at getting van Gogh's enormous, post-impressionist-style likeness airborne, the balloon didn't make it off the ground. Officials on site blamed high winds.
Alas after several attempts, the flight was a no go today… pic.twitter.com/qnaiVXXtG5— Nick Westoll (@NWestoll) July 29, 2021
The deflation was also cool, albeit kind of sad, to watch — and some in the city were even a bit relieved to know that big van Gogh wouldn't be floating past their windows.
My therapist: Flying Vincent Van Gogh Head isn't real. It can't hurt you.— meh (@mlehhhhh) July 29, 2021
Flying Vincent Van Gogh Head: pic.twitter.com/OOCGSY1n1w
Fortunately for those who want to see (slash take pictures) of the giant Vincent van Gogh head, two more launches are scheduled in the near future: One on July 31 and another on Aug. 1.
Both flights are planned to take place again from 5 until 8 p.m. those evenings, but it's all "weather dependent" so... no promises, this wet, windy summer.
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