Thursday, August 8, 2013

This Game of Thrones Balloon sculpture is awesome, begging to be popped

Most geeks know better than to get attached to Sean Bean by now.

Despite being one of the biggest badasses in real life, the unstoppable pub brawler has a habit of being cast as characters who die in the most painful ways possible.

...which is what makes this incredible balloon sculpture all the more fitting.  It's Sean Bean at his most Sean Bean-iest: firmly at the center of the viewer's attention and poised to vanish into nonexistence once you get too attached to it.

Capturing Bean's Eddard Stark from Game of Thrones (source pic: here), the sculpture above is the handiwork of Canadian entertainer Phileas Flash and captures the noble spirit of Sean Bean perfectly.

Here we see Bean in all of his glowering glory seated on an incredibly life-liking depiction of the Iron Throne.  As the ill-fated Ned Stark, the sculpture serves as a great analogy for all of Bean's appearances in modern film and television - his characters are all demure and likable, but vanish too soon the minute they're faced with adversity (in this case, a pin or other pointy object).

Sure, you *could* argue that the sculpture's face is a bit off and kinda looks like something you'd see in the music video for Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer - but I defy you to do better when working in the balloon medium.  Also, the addition of the Hand of the King pin is a really nice touch.

For those interested in the rest of Phileas Flash's work - including a Star Wars Stormtrooper, Bumblebee (the Transformer... not the insect), and an homage to Doctor Who - you can check out his Facebook page by clicking here.