Half the Air in Cleveland

Posted by on November 14, 2012

So this looks like lots of fun:

Work No. 965. Half the Air in a Given Space by Martin Creed at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

It is pretty much what it sounds like. The room is halfway filled with bright purple balloons and visitors are encouraged to walk around inside the room and “swim” in the balloons. Because the room is glass on three sides people outside can see the balloons move as people interact with them.

Kind of like how the smoke monster on Lost was invisible for the first season and you only saw the trees moving – but with purple balloons and laughter.

I think my favorite part is how the museum’s architecture make it possible for this fun, interactive display to directly juxtapose with the museum’s more traditional displays.

Martin Creed has been doing this kind of thing for almost 15 years, but I don’t think swimming in balloons is going to get old anytime soon.


all images from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s website

3 Responses to Half the Air in Cleveland

  1. Lori

    I either need to plan a trip to Cleveland or build a room onto my house. This room looks like an awesomely good time.

    • Sarah

      Right? What about doing it at the WRAC – if they filled up that exercise room with balloons people could watch the action from the running track above…

  2. Lori

    Great idea! Can’t wait until I get asked about coming up with Fundraiser ideas. I am definitely going to steal this.