Artist Launches a Solar-Powered Balloon Made from Recycled Plastic Bags

Pushing the conventions of sculpture and installation art, Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno, creates artworks that explore humanity’s environmental impact on the planet. One of his most recent projects, titled "Becoming Aerosolar", is a continuation of his experiments with found materials. Saraceno created an aerial sculpture made from thousands of reused plastic bags, which float upwards like a hot-air balloon when heated by the sun. As he has noted, the hot-air and hydrogen balloon “came about as a means of escape and protection in the late 18th century, during the time of the French Revolution. It is significant that during these times of uncertainty, people looked to the sky to escape the reality on earth.” Becoming Aerosolar” is currently on view at the 21er Haus art museum in Vienna through August 30th.

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