Low Tech Communication: Balloons

Mark and Cornelia


This project was for the Art and Telecommunications course at SFSU. The assignment was to develop a communication system capable of sending messages at a distance of 600 yards and beyond without using any modern technology.

Our sytem uses a series of colored balloons. Each three balloon combination was assigned a a different message that could be sent across campus with ease. Each balloon in the combination must be raised and lowered before raising the next balloon, otherwise the person receiving the message would not be able to decipher the message. For example, if all three balloons were raised at the same time, a combination of Red Green Blue could not be diferentiated from Blue Green Red.