“Bruno Blimpo” by Randal L.
Bruno Blimpo is a European artist educated at the Bauhaus and known for his work in the field of Lighter Than Air Art, a term which he is credited with creating. It had even been rumored that he had slapped one of his professors at Bauhaus after the “old geezer” had had the nerve to suggest that dirigibles would one day be obsolete, an incident for which some say he was expelled.
He became fascinated with lighter than air art when he was a child. It is widely rumored that he once attached his father’s family portrait to a cluster of helium balloons he had brought home from a trip to the circus and had termed it “Air Art” as it floated off. For whatever reason, his father promptly sent him away to an all boys military academy.
After university, and his stint at the Bauhaus, he fell in with a young scientist named Von Frieren who convinced him he was on the cutting edge of lighter than air travel. Unknown to Blimpo at the time, Von Frieren’s real work lay in the field of cryogenic preservation of members of the various fields of human knowledge, also known as “Human Storage”. Von Frieren tricked Blimpo into being a test subject and froze him in suspended animation before the war. Blimpo, unfortunately missed the chance to spread his ideas of Lighter Than Air Art over the next six decades until he was accidently “thawed out” when his freeze chamber, also containing several other unimportant artists, was shut down in the near apocalyptic Y2K meltdown. Emerging in the new century Blimpo vowed to continue his work with Lighter Than Air Art.
Today Bruno Blimpo lives with his Tea Cup Poodle, a weight-saving pet choice, and creates floating masterpieces such as the “Floata Lisa” and the “Starry Flight”. He is typically photographed wearing his Old School Beret paired with his welding goggles/safety glasses and attached LED work light. Though he exists on a diet of Energy Drinks and cigarettes vowing to “never sleep again” he hasn’t been able to break through into this modern era of art with, what one critic deemed, “his blimpish designs”. He has nevertheless committed himself to creating the world’s first “Blimpograph”; a giant billboard-like art piece mounted to the side of a dirigible, which can be seen from the ground and will float around the Earth for eternity. Questions about his work can be sent in writing to the International Airship Society. If you can’t find the address, don’t bother writing.