1066 anniversary: Artists create giant balloon castle

Balloon castle at Battle and Langton school. SUS-161110-133706001
Balloon castle at Battle and Langton school. SUS-161110-133706001

It’s a rather unorthodox way of marking a historical milestone - but it is certainly a lot of fun.

A group of artists have spent the last few days creating a giant castle to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings - made entirely out of balloons.

A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111555001

A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111555001

The project, led by Battle-based balloon artist Olivia Post, took several days to complete and includes a balloon Bayeux Tapestry and even a balloon King Harold with an arrow through his eye.

After being turned down for funding from the Arts Council, Olivia launched an online crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise the £3,000 needed to get the project off the ground.

The sculpture will be open for viewing at Battle and Langton School until Sunday (October 16).

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A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111517001

A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111517001

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A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111529001

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A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111542001

A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111542001

A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111502001

A balloon castle created to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Picture by Jack Duggan. SUS-161015-111502001