Balloon CanopyStreet Art // Thursday, 04 Aug 2011
Created for the 2010 Venice Biennale, a group of silver helium-filled mylar weather balloons are bound to the ground with green straps creating a canopy-like environment. "When creating a temporary pavilion, various ideas regarding permanence, temporality, and interactivity can be employed to create a desired effect. Often, the architect of these lightweight structures fails to embrace the temporary nature inherently related to such projects. Through use of traditional building materials, pavilion architecture is often fashioned as an architecture that can (and does) exist beyond its intended lifespan in conflict with the temporary nature of the event for which it was created. This installation by MOS Architects challenges this notion in its fundamental approach to temporary architecture."