A balloon’s-eye view of Echo Park

What’s it like high above Echo Park? This approximately 31-minute video was shot on a clear September day in 2012 from a helium balloon that rose more than 700 feet into the sky as part of a map-making workshop at Echo Park’s Machine Project (the balloon starts its ascent at about the 2-minute mark). The sounds of church bells and traffic gives way to silence and wind as the balloon rises into the sky just north of Echo Park Lake, which at that time was drained as part of a clean up project.

You might get a little queasy at moments as the balloon, which is held in place by a rope, spins and twirls with the wind but it’s worth the turbulence. There’s also a shorter version of the same video below.

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  1. I mean, nice thought I guess but completely unwatchable. you gotta secure the camera for these things otherwise it’s just a garbage.

    • Well that and it’s just the same view for 31 minutes? I don’t comprehend the meaning of this at all.

    • more trains. and where’s the crazy music?

    • I created the video. The video camera was an after addition to the balloon. There was a down facing still camera that was the primary function of the balloon, which was used for map making. We just threw the video camera on to get a fun view of the city.

  2. Wow! It’s like a shittier version of google maps!

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