Longview's Balloon Sculpture Project
The Balloon Sculpture Project is sponsored by the Gregg County Historical Museum and was brought about to celebrate Longview’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary in 2020. To commemorate this milestone in the city’s history, custom made hot air balloon sculptures are strategically placed around town with designs representing local businesses, nonprofits, schools and other institutions. Former shareholder Rodney Overman, pictured, is a long-time supporter and board member for the Historical Museum and one of the originators of this project.
Gathered in the picture is the Longview office next to our newly installed balloon painted by artist Micah Ruland. Also, featured are two employees, Amy Taylor and Lindsey Brumit, who were the creative minds behind the theme of the balloon. They suggested adding details of the adding machine and the adding machine tape as a timeline detailing Henry & Peters’ history as it coincides with the city of Longview, as well as the handshake promoting our role as trusted advisors in the Longview Community. The balloon adds in the history of the legendary bank robbery in 1894 by Bill Dalton and his gang, as well as a hot air balloon for the city’s known hot air balloon race held annually. And of course, an oil derrick to represent the East Texas Oil Boom which led to the formation of Henry & Peters.
“It’s been exciting to see the various balloons all through town. We are grateful to be a part of this project and are proud of our Longview community and it’s wonderful history,” said Shareholder Adrienne Deason.