Instructions

Instructions & Safety Guidelines

Safety Guidelines

Attention: Adult supervision required at all times.

Warning: Grounded outlets only. Do not set up in wet or windy conditions. Sandbags are provided and must be used.

Caution: This sculpture attracts attention and is very interactive. Do not leave unattended. It is strong but must be treated gently. Do not lean, climb or jump on it or it may pop. It is durable but can be pulled down by a child. If the fan is blocked it will not re-inflate.

Product Description

Astro Botanicals are large inflatable fabric sculptures with a continuously running fan and color changing lights. Each sculpture is made of nylon Ripstop fabric that is fire retardant and UV resistant. The fan has a 20 foot power cord and the lights plug into the fan.

Set Up and Take Down

Set it up only in a controlled environment. It must be a large clean space, clear of anything that will scratch or stain the fabric. Do not allow dirt to be vacuumed into the fan. If needed, use a ground cloth for set up and take down.

Remove the sculpture from its carrying bag. Keep the fan from being blocked by the fabric. Plug it in. Check to be sure that the zippers are closed. It will inflate in one to two minutes. Lift it to its correct footing and add sandbags if necessary.

To deflate, unplug it and open the zipper(s). Do not open the zipper around the fan itself. Starting at the top, fold it very loosely and gently toward the open zipper(s). Close the zipper(s) and return the sculpture to its carrying bag. Do not crush it too much. Transport and storage in a large box is best.

Anchoring

The sculptures are free standing but are more stable with sandbags in the base. They require sandbags if they will be in contact with people. Each inflatable sculpture comes with 1 to 3 empty sandbags, sand not included. Play sand costs $5 for 50 pounds at hardware stores. Each sandbag has a black heavy duty bag and an inner white fabric tube which holds 10 to 12 pounds of sand. Using the funnel (a plastic container with the bottom cut out), fill the tubes with only 15 inches of sand, one quarter of their 60″ length. Tie a loose knot in the end of the tube (so it’s easy to untie), leaving room for the sand to move around. Put the tube into the heavy duty bag and zip it.

Inflate the sculpture and orient it in its correct location. For the Dragon Lotus, tip it over and open the zipper on the bottom of the shape. It will lose air and begin to collapse. Put the sandbags inside without straining the light strip. Close the zipper and keep the fan clear. For the Magnolia Starship, open the zipper on the foot and slide the sandbag in. If you close it quickly the sculpture will not collapse. Do this for three of the feet but not the one with the fan. For the Angelic Asparagus, the sandbags buckle to the underside of the sculpture, not inside it. The handles of the sandbag face up so the buckles are close to the floor. They can slide under and be connected without knocking it over. Do not lift or store the sculptures with the sandbags inside.

Lights

The lights have 4 rainbow fade settings. Fast or slow and 2 colors or 7 colors visible at a time. There is a small button hidden inside the small black connector where the lights meet the power cord.

Care

If the decorations get wet for any reason they must be re-inflated in a dry environment for several hours until truly dry. If they are put away wet they may become mildewed and stained. The decorations are washable. Spot clean with soap and water.
Questions? Call Stan at 707-342-3172 or email at contact@astrobotanicals.com

Installation Videos

Forest Cathedral

Angelic Asparagus

Dragon Lotus

Magnolia Starship

Instructional Videos

Filling Sandbag