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TIE Fighter balloon takes flight in Fishers

Posted at 11:10 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 23:10:16-05

FISHERS, Ind. -- The new "Star Wars" movie is just 14 days away, but some people are already getting into the spirit – including one man, whose love for balloons made for quite a sight in Fishers on Friday.

The 25-foot-tall, 20-foot-wide TIE fighter balloon took off right around 4 o'clock Friday. The balloon was all Brian Getz's idea.

GALLERY | TIE Fighter balloon

Getz is a professional balloon artist in Indianapolis. He says he came up with the idea for large-scale sculpture during a hot air balloon ride.

Nearly 3,500 balloons were used to make the TIE fighter. They also used a hot air balloon, courtesy of Midwest Balloon Rides, to get the sculpture off the ground.

Getz says  the sculpture will be donated to the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

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