Black Balloons, the hypnotic balance of Tadao Cern’s installations

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23 February 2018

Black Balloons is a project of installations by the artist Tadao Cern who plays with the contradiction that binds the concepts of heaviness and lightness.

The installations of the artist Tadao Cern are based on two fundamental aspects: human anthropological behavior and curiosity.
Human because of the architectural studies that have allowed him to know habits, needs and vices, curiosity because it’s what drives him to create using the approach of the game.
This approach was also used to create Black Balloons, a series of huge installations that featured huge black balls.

What intrigued him the most was the contradiction between the concepts of heaviness and lightness, but also the search for a method that allowed his sculptures to float without being tied to anything.
The first experiment saw two balloons of normal size, one filled with helium and the other with sulfur Hexafluoride, succeeding in remaining, in a hypnotic balance, perfectly in the middle of a glass case becoming a sculpture also made of its small movements and vibrations.

“For the first test I used two regular latex 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… compositions started to grow more complex and bigger when eventually I was working with 3-meter big custom-made balloons.”

Succeeded in his first intent, those small initial balloons have become huge black balls that enter and leave the most important galleries enchanting and intriguing those who meet them.

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