Light and Heavy

Artist Tadao Cern’s art installation “Black Balloons” represents the marriage of light and heavy, art and science, planning and spontaneity.

Cern filled balloons with light and heavy gases – sulfur hexafluoride and helium, and arranged them in many different ways, always with the two balloons to float opposed to each other. What began as playful experimentation quickly grew into a full-blown exhibition. Despite the simplicity of the installation, its ability to interact with and be interpreted by the viewer make it powerful.


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