When the weather is nice and the sun is shining, visitors to the Mile High Flea Market in Denver, Colorado, are greeted by Freddy the Flea. This inflatable mascot (turned billboard) stands 30-feet tall and definitely does his job at creating awareness and driving traffic to the 80-acre marketplace.
What better welcoming committee to the Minnesota Historical Society than Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox? These legends live on as bigger-than-life, cold-air inflatable characters that stand 18-feet tall.
When you've landed the main entrance for a major event (such as the Tall Ships Festival in Wisconsin), you need to make the most of the opportunity. That's what Karen Klevesahl, Marketing Coordinator for SMET Construction, intended to do. She was not, however, planning to do things according to status quo.
It's a wonderful cause. For every backpack STATE (creator of super-hip backpacks) sells, STATE hand delivers a backpack to an American student in need through its GiveBackPack program.
"Every kid in the town wants to run through the [inflatable football] tunnel when they get older," said Sam Baker, Head Waconia High School Football Coach.
The team at Landmark Creations consists of several U of MN alumni, so we hold a special place in our hearts when it comes to one particular gopher. In 2002 we had the honor of developing the first Goldy the Gopher inflatable mascot. Eleven years later, version 2.0 has been released with pride.
When it comes to college life, it's not all books and exams. There's lots of fun to be had, too. Michelle Froese, Missouri University Marketing Manager, understands that and was looking for a way to create a sense of excitement and tradition for the campus community. That's when she approached Landmark Creations about producing an inflatable mascot… or at least part of one.
Talk about visual aids! One teacher, who saw students struggling with earth science, decided to make her lessons more hands-on. After hiring Landmark Creations to develop their custom inflatable, Laurie Henry and her teaching partner began traveling across the state of Texas to bring highly interactive assemblies to school gyms using a 40-foot-wide canyon model.
Ten years ago, several veterans and friends were moved by stories of the first servicemen/women as they returned from duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their compassion turned into action as they set about providing comfort items to these wounded service people.
A run through the trails is not a walk in the park. The folks at Muddy Monk never intended for their race to take place on smooth pavement or freshly raked paths. Just the opposite: Muddy Monk trail runs are designed to push you to your limits.
Can you just imagine? You're driving home from work when you turn a corner and - wham! A blinding ray of light hits you right between the eyes. Valparaiso University knew this was possible when they installed a 400-square-foot solar mirror. That's big, and it could certainly project one whopper of a sunbeam. (Not a good thing when you're operating a vehicle.)
If you've ever been to YouTube to watch the Mayfair Games channel, you know exactly who Bob and Angus are. These two feisty sheep are constantly at each other in an Odd Couple sort of way.
If being pushed to your absolute physical limits is your idea of fun, a Savage Race will be right up your alley. Just imagine conquering an intense five- to six-mile run with 25 world-class obstacles, mud, fire, and barbed wire. It's not for the faint of heart, that's for sure.