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Dave Hopkins maps Hunter balloon boot route

Makers of the original Green Welly, Hunter are drawing attention to their iconic wellington boot by turning it into a 120ft high hot air balloon.

It’s flying from the boot’s birthplace in Scotland through the unusually clear blue skies over the United Kingdom, before heading for Europe (the heel of the boot of Italy!) and eventually across the Atlantic to America.

Laura Oliver, a designer at Hunter, commissioned Phosphor Art's Dave Hopkins to produce pen and ink drawings of the boot and a sky, which were then put together and animated in-house.

Dave has also created a map to show where the flying boot can be seen, so that consumers can interact on social media, along with the tag #HunterOriginal.

Drool over Dave’s talent in his portfolio.

You can see Dave’s work in motion on Hunter’s website.


Some of you might be old enough to remember the original BBH launch campaign for Phileas Phogg – sorry, Fogg – snacks back in the late 1980s. They were named after the hero of Jules Verne’s 19th century novel, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. Dave illustrated the packaging. He drew a traditionally-shaped hot air balloon as featured in the 1956 film of the book.

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