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Automated Packaging Systems’ AirPouch® Void-Fill System Assists in the Display of World’s Largest Doll


STREETSBORO, OH – September 29, 2009 – Automated Packaging Systems’ AirPouch® Express 3™ Tabletop Void-fill System and AirPouch® Air Pillows are being used to support a 75-foot-tall tarpaulin doll — the world’s largest — at ArtPrize, the world’s largest, publicly-juried art competition, which opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 23, 2009. Named La Grande Bébé, the towering artwork will be displayed outside Grand Rapid’s celebrated downtown nightclub The B.O.B. (Big Old Building) until the show’s last day October 10.

Capable of producing air pillows on demand at speeds over 50 feet per minute, the AirPouch Express 3 was the ideal solution for this project. Approximately 410 cubic feet (125 cubic meters) of filled air pillows were used to fill the head and upper body of the doll. The Express 3 is a compact, portable system with a 20” x 12” footprint and all-electric design, so the artists could simply plug the unit in and start filling. AirPouch pre-formed air pillows come in convenient, high-yield boxes that were easy to carry and store on-site.

La Grande Bébé, the work of American artist Jonathan Haner and Swedish artist Teresa Holmberg, was created in Sibbhult, Sweden, and flown empty to the United States for its debut at ArtPrize, which draws thousands of attendees. More than 1,200 artists are vying for the $250,000 grand prize. After Holmberg recently learned that her artwork would go from a sitting position on the ground to its own 11-foot-high platform, she began searching for a filler-sponsor able to provide lightweight, durable filling material, which was essential for filling the head and upper body in a timely manner.

Automated Packaging Systems learned of Holmberg and Haner’s challenge and offered to assist the artists with completing the display of the artwork, a doll four times larger than the previous holder to the title World’s Largest Doll, according to Holmberg.

“I found it interesting that the artists chose air pillows for La Grande Bébé for some of the same reasons that our customers choose air pillows: they are clean and easy to use, and they weigh less,” said Matt Lerner, Executive Vice President. “The lighter weight made handling the doll’s head easier and safer. And, of course, it saves AirPouch customers on shipping costs. Automated Packaging Systems is pleased to support these artists and help present a most novel contribution to ArtPrize this year.”

About Automated Packaging
Automated Packaging Systems has been designing and manufacturing original Autobag®, AirPouch® and SidePouch® systems and products for nearly 50 years. With more than 30,000 packaging systems in operation and a worldwide service organization, Automated Packaging Systems has the experience and support to deliver the ultimate in customer satisfaction. Automated Packaging Systems offers a complete line of baggers, void-fill and protective packaging systems, thermal transfer imprinters, counters, scales, and specialty packaging materials. Complete information is available at the company’s web site.


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