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Balsa Blighty Update!

Monday, August 30th, 2010

From Miss Cheeky herself…

Balsa Big Ben

Balsa Big Ben

Balsa Big Ben is 99% complete and we are putting on the finishing touches Sunday.  We’ve been hard at work cutting, swearing, gluing, drinking, sanding, and throwing our arms up in frustration… this last bit was when we found ourselves out of both glue and drink. Oh dear! We have powered through the difficult times and managed to get done without firing any volunteers or having any visits to medical professionals.

The Balsa Blighty Tiny Art Team met last night to review art grant submissions and a £5 art grant was awarded to Super Chicken of Balsa Blighty – a 6-8inch tall Super Chicken/ Rooster. It’s more of a Chicken so we shall call him a Chicken. He is made from several customized sizes of strike-on-the-box matches and clear glue. The frame of his body at least, the exterior of him will be covered in raffia of several colours depending on the location and appropriate colour. Cardboard may also be involved as well as a mysterious 3rd foot to make sure he stands upright.

Our other art projects include:

  • Tiny Nowhere Omnibus – scheduled, on-time, public transport and tiny art tours. Complete with tiny passengers. Ding! Ding!
  • Greening Balsa Blighty – trees trees everywhere making Balsa Blighty a greener sight to behold for all, tiny or otherwise.
  • Mini Quixote’s Cabaret – the playa’s favourite British pub in a wee size!

We have also heard rumours of doves, mini ball bits, a flea circus acting as rangers, and perhaps even a tiny Gladys the Green Goddess. Gladys is part of the Nowhere Fire Service and is a much loved member of our community – more about the big size can be found on the Facebook page

I’m back to sniff some more balsa glue and finish the Big Ben!

I’m so excited for this! And we found a great location too! For location information for Balsa Blighty email


Balsa Blighty – London Balsa Man Regional, Sept 4th

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Balsa Blighty - Tiny Art in the Big SmokeBalsa Blighty
Tiny Art in the Big Smoke

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Balsa Blighty is the first transatlantic Balsa Man regional in London, England. Lead by Miss Cheeky, Balsa Blightly aims to bring tiny art to the Big Smoke—giving Balsa Man a bit of British flavour!

All tiny artists in the tiny town of London are invited to join Balsa Blighty and show off their tiny art in a big way. Tiny art enthusiasts are welcome too.

Where & When

Balsa Blighty will be on Saturday, 4 September 2010.

Tiny artists and other participants should arrive by 6pm. If you arrive too late you will miss seeing all the tiny art and might only be faced with ashes.

The sunset is at 7.40pm and the main Balsa Blighty sculpture will burn shortly after the sun can no longer be seen. All other tiny art will burn after the main Balsa Blighty burn. Tiny art should only be burned by those that created it.

Location to be announced at a later date. Follow the facebook event page or the @balsablighty twitter stream for more announcements.

WANTED: Tiny Art for Basla Blighty!

Are you a tiny artist?
Do you love tiny art?
Do you find your artistic dreams are not being met on a small enough scale?
Do you think big things in small size?

Balsa Blighty encourages tiny artists of all sizes to make tiny art. Please contact if you are planning to bring tiny art or if you would like more information.

Tiny art should be, well tiny, and at least close to 1/16th scale. Tiny art should not dwarf the main Balsa Blighty sculpture. Your burn should be as tiny as your art – there should be no bonfires.


Balsa Blighty is a participatory event and we encourage you to get involved. For more information on how you can participate please

Leave No Trace

Balsa Blighty is a leave no trace event. Please ensure that the ashes of your tiny burn are cleared up as well as anything you may have brought with you. As it will be dark during this time we encourage you to bring a torch or a headlamp with you. Please also bring a bin liner or carrier bag for your rubbish.

Friendly Notices

Balsa Blighty is a BYOB event. We encourage you to bring with you whatever you might want to drink whilst you enjoy the tiny art. And since we all know sharing is caring, we encourage you to bring some to share with others.

Please do not play Godzilla amongst the tiny art. Be mindful where you are stepping.

To stay abreast of the event, follow the facebook event page or the @balsablighty twitter stream.

It’s a Small World After All

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This year is the year that the tiny spirit of Balsa Man goes global with regionals happening around this small blue marble called Earth!

Tokyo Balsa Regional

Makibee - Tokyo Balsa Regional LeadLeading the effort to bring a small bit of joy across the Pacific pond is the amazing Makibee, a Freelance art-loving ex-mountain guide who just gave birth to 2nd generation Black Rock Desert camper! Makibee also runs #BURNINJA, a community of people in Japan who love camping in the Black Rock Desert… why they would come all the way to the United States to camp in a dry, dusty and dull desert I have no idea. No matter what their camping habits are, I can’t say how thrilled we all are at the Balsa Man headquarters that Makibee is heading up the Tokyo Balsa Regional! Japan very well seems to be full of people who have mastered the art of tiny and cute 10 times over, so I can’t wait to see the minuscule masterpieces that are sure to be born at their Balsa Burn.

More information about the Tokyo Balsa Regional will be forthcoming. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer or make tiny art for the regional you can contact Makibee at

London Balsa Regional

Miss Cheeky London Regional LeadAcross the Atlantic Pond we have the marvelous Miss Cheeky, a veteran Black Rock Desert camper herself… what is it about Balsa Man that attracts all these desert campers? Anyways, besides being a person who likes to camp where it’s dry she is an avid Roller Derby girl with the London Rollergirls and crafter of adorable yet slightly creepy dolls—correction, Miss Cheeky is a specialist and only crafts doll faces. With her creative crafting skills I know she”ll be able to make a pint-sized wonder of an Balsa event! And with her roller derby moxie, she’s more than tough enough to handle any can kick all the riffraff out no matter how big they are.

More information about the London Balsa Regional will be forthcoming. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer or make tiny art for the regional you can contact Makibee at

Also more regionals are in the works in other parts of the United States so stay tuned to the Balsa Blog! If you would like to host your own Balsa Regional please contact our Regional Director at