It was so unpretentious and so magical at the same time! That opposition created by two very simple and playful objects once again brought a unique childlike sense of discovery.
This experience uncovers a lot and the more one looks at it, the more it becomes true: “simplicity is genius”.
For the first test I only used two balloons and two different gasses: helium and sulfur hexafluoride – the light and the heavy ones. Later on I worked out how to make the balloons float in the middle of a glass tank without connecting them to anything.
Now I’m building these sculptures one by one, keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that soon enough everyone will have a chance to see them alive.
Knowing that these particular installations last for a considerably short period of time, they are really alive.
Furthermore, they interact with the spectator in so many ways – one can only imagine how a sculpture made out of 400 balloons would react to a wind that one creates just by walking by. — Tadao Cern
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