Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Photos: Jimmy Kuehnle, the Inflatable Suit Man, Walks Through Downtown St. Louis

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 3:19 PM

St. Louis native and performance artist Jimmy Kuehnle took a walk through Downtown St. Louis on Friday afternoon. Kuehnle "wears," although that isn't the most accurate term, a giant inflatable suit that draws attention wherever he goes. St. Louis was the fourth and final stop on Kuehnle's tour.

Photographer Nick Schnelle followed the artist around and brings back this photo slideshow of Kuehnle's journey through the city. A few photos are below.

Performance artist and St. Louis native Jimmy Kuehnle walks toward the Gateway Arch to begin his inflatable suit performance at noon on Friday, December 18. Kuehnle's performance went through three other cities before making its final stop in St. Louis. See a slideshow of Kuehnle's journey in St. Louis. - PHOTO: NICK SCHNELLE
  • Photo: Nick Schnelle
  • Performance artist and St. Louis native Jimmy Kuehnle walks toward the Gateway Arch to begin his inflatable suit performance at noon on Friday, December 18. Kuehnle's performance went through three other cities before making its final stop in St. Louis. See a slideshow of Kuehnle's journey in St. Louis.
Kuehnle puts down his gear underneath the Gateway Arch. See a slideshow of Kuehnle's journey in St. Louis. - PHOTO: NICK SCHNELLE
Kuehnle starts laying out his suit, which he will then fill using a battery pack in his bookbag that connects to a fan in the suit. Kuehnle has been performing in inflatable suits since 2006. See a slideshow of Kuehnle's journey in St. Louis. - PHOTO: NICK SCHNELLE
  • Photo: Nick Schnelle
  • Kuehnle starts laying out his suit, which he will then fill using a battery pack in his bookbag that connects to a fan in the suit. Kuehnle has been performing in inflatable suits since 2006. See a slideshow of Kuehnle's journey in St. Louis.
Using a hole at the bottom of the suit, Kuehnle navigates his way into it. See a slideshow of Kuehnle's journey in St. Louis. - PHOTO: NICK SCHNELLE
With his suit filled with air, Kuehnle begins his journey, heading toward the city. Kuehnle uses multiple inflatable suits for his performances, but chose this suit, which is called Big Red. See a slideshow of Kuehnle's journey in St. Louis. - PHOTO: NICK SCHNELLE
  • Photo: Nick Schnelle
  • With his suit filled with air, Kuehnle begins his journey, heading toward the city. Kuehnle uses multiple inflatable suits for his performances, but chose this suit, which is called Big Red. See a slideshow of Kuehnle's journey in St. Louis.

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