Balloon Manor 2015
For Immediate Release:

Rochester, NY installation draws 75 artists from around the world
Lanna Lee Maheux will help build the five-story Undersea Adventure sculpture

Ansonia, Connecticut, February, 9, 2015 – Lanna Lee Maheux, resident of Ansonia, will join approximately 74 other balloon artists from around the world to build Balloon Manor 2015:  The Amazing Air-Filled Undersea Adventure in Rochester, NY’s historic Sibley Building (228 East Main Street, 14604) atrium, February 23 – 26, 2015. This is the sixth Balloon Manor from Airigami, a studio specializing in “the fine art of folding air,” and directors Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle estimate that 40,000 balloons will be used to create the five-story sculpture.

“Like our other Balloon Manors, this one will be built by a crew of international artists from as far away as the Netherlands and Australia,” explains Moss, who has been world-renowned for his large-scale,community projects for 15 years. “Undersea Adventure will take visitors diving down into the briny deep to the world of Atlantis, where they’ll discover a pirate ship and its hapless crew battling a giant octopus as the Mermaid Queen looks on – it should be quite an adventure!”

“This will be my third Balloon Manor and I am beyond excited to again be a part of it,” says Lanna Lee Maheux, an Ansonia resident. “The Sibley Building is gorgeous, and the thought of again filling its five stories with a fantastical under-water world is thrilling. I feel very fortunate to be able to collaborate with some the best balloon twisting artists in the world. Together we will make something fantastic.”

Last year’s Manor in the Sibley atrium was Airigami’s fifth in Rochester, but its first at a downtown location. The VERY Tall Tale of Jack and his Beanstalk attracted more than 13,000 visitors to the historic Sibley Building. This year’s completed art installation will be on display to the public free of charge from February 27 – March 8, when it will be deflated during a Popping Party. More information is available at

More about Airigami: Rochester artists and Airigami partners Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle are world renowned for their incredible full-blown installations, whether it’s a giant Acrocanthosaurus for the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the world’s first piloted balloon sculpture (Fantastic Flying Octopus), or one of their many Balloon Manors. Airigami has earned a Guinness World’s Record, along with AP, CNN Headline News, PBS, Wall Street Journal and other international and national news coverage. They’ve also made multiple appearances on The Martha Stewart ShowGood Morning America, theToday show, and at the White House.


About Lanna: Lanna Lee Maheux is a podcaster, performer, and award-winning balloon twister who has twisted balloon animals since 1990. Her balloons have been seen in Maxim Magazine; she taught at Twist & Shout 2004, The Best Balloon Twister’s and Entertainer’s Convention. Lanna was featured in the 2007 documentary Twisted: A Balloonamentary. Lanna moved from Maine to Ansonia last August, along with her husband and two cats. Lanna hosts the podcast Lounging with LannaLee (

Media please note:  High-resolution images and more about Balloon Manor are available to press at, and interviews and photo/footage opportunities can be arranged.


Media Contacts:
Lanna Lee Maheux: 207-450-7831,,
Balloon Manor publicist:  Sally Cohen,
Airigami info: