FriendsWithYou is an art collaborative based in Los Angeles, California, founded in Miami, Florida, by Samuel Albert Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III in 2002, which seeks to redesign spirituality, rituals, and religious acts for modern-day usage and connectivity.
History with the Macy's Parade
In 2018, the Blue Sky Gallery series returned from its 5-year hiatus with the 8th entry of the series, as FriendsWithYou debuted a new balloon of one of their creations, "Little Cloud", in the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III also appeared alongside this balloon, lifting an inflatable rainbow, and followed by two raindrop walk-around characters. He only appeared in the 2018 Parade, having made only one appearance, just like most of his other Blue Sky Gallery predecessors.
After his one-time appearance in the main Parade, the balloon was transported across the country to a Macy's department store in Las Vegas, Nevada for a fashion show on March 5th, 2019, alongside the miniature versions of the Red Macy's Stars. This appearance makes Little Cloud only the second Blue Sky Gallery balloon to appear outside of the Parade, following Figure with Heart. He still survives at the Macy's parade studio today.
- At Balloonfest 2018, the Little Cloud was pushed around by the high winds and almost escaped.