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Balloon Artist Takes On Microscopic Animals

Willy Chyris not your typical balloon artist. While wiener dogs, flamingos, and funny hats are fine for your average balloon-twister, Chyr is more likely to take on microscopic organisms and blow them up to a monumental scale.

Friday in the second half of Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Willy Chyr to talk about his new balloon work hanging in the Lawrence Arts Centerand about elevating the art form of balloon animals to new heights and the attraction to microscopic life forms.

Plus, balloon artist James Wiske (better known as "The Amazing Chris" joins us in-studio for a live demonstration of balloon artistry.

Think you can stump our balloon artists? Call/write/Tweet in and request a sculpture, we'll make it on-air, and post the pictures on KCUR's Facebook Page! Our number: 816 235 2888, email uptodate@kcur.org, or Tweet us @KCURUptoDate.

SEE MORE: Willy Chyr's work can be seen at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS 66044

Willy Chyr is interested in generative art, storytelling, and the intersection of art and science. He holds a B.A. degree in Physics and Economics from the University of Chicago. While a student at the University, Willy joined Le Vorris & Vox Circus and performed as a juggler, unicyclist, and magician. It was during his time in the circus that Willy learned how to twist balloons. He is currently based in Chicago.

Up To Date Arts & Culture
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org.