Meet the Dinosaur Dominating J Balvin's Stage

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He could also be one in all Latin music’s greatest male artists, however Colombian reggaetón star J Balvin isn’t the determine looming largest onstage throughout his present Vibras Tour: That could be the 29-foot-tall, inflatable Tyrannosaurus Rex Balvin has nicknamed “V-Rex.” “J Balvin loves style and artwork,” says Ashley Evans of manufacturing home The Squared Division, who, together with associate Antony Ginandjar, served because the tour’s inventive/present director. “Bringing these collectively to create this oversize set piece was one thing he needed to do.”

THE VISION “The concept behind the dinosaur is about good vibras,” says Balvin. “[V-Rex] jogs my memory of my followers and the dinosaurs who as soon as roamed the earth making their very own vibrations.”

THE BUILD Amsterdam-based Airworks Inflatables (which has labored on excursions by Katy Perry and P!nk) created V-Rex out of a whole lot of smaller items of polyester that took greater than three months to print and stitch collectively. The prop inflates right into a fearsome, 14-foot-wide beast in a matter of seconds.

THE STARRING ROLE Multiple puppeteers function the tomato-red dinosaur in order that his arms transfer and his eyes mild up. He’s the point of interest of the four-part present’s Act 1, backing up Balvin as he performs “Machika,” “Cuando Tú Quieras,” “Ambiente” and “Ginza.”

This article initially appeared within the Nov. three problem of Billboard.