Tadao Cern


For an extensive amount of time, I had an idea to connect two balloons. I found a free minute between the other currently run projects, bought two balloons, and got overwhelmed by the result. 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.

on I worked out how to make the balloons float in the middle of a glass tank without connecting them to anything. Once placed in a particular space these black objects divide it into many equal segments and trick viewers mind by giving him a feeling that he’s seeing a rendering from augmented reality. 

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. And after a second the composition returns to its previous state forming a perfect grid that looks so unrealistic because this is more common for computer-generated images rather than a reality around us. 

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 Photo by  Adam Elmakias

Photo by Adam Elmakias