We are closing off 2018 with a selection of recent performances from our Silence Was Golden project. These golden balloons were blown up loosely around the Silk Road, including some of the most remote locations in Central Asia, such as the desert of Turkmenistan and other rugged and sparsely populated spots in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Up until now, Silence Was Golden was performed 382 times in 288 cities in 95 countries.
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See you in 2019!
Sea (#348), Astana International Airport, Astana
Walk (#370), Zenkov Cathedral in Panfilov Park, Almaty
Fan (#373), Bayterek Tower, Astana
About Philippe Parreno
Philippe Parreno likes to work across different mediums. As a result, throughout his career that has spanned decades, he has been able to blur the lines between film, photography, documentaries, and various other types of media. He has built up an interest over the years that has allowed him to distort the established boundaries that exist between real-time and the cinematic impression of time passage.
Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange – The Orb, 2018, inflatable mirrored sphere, 32-metre inclined steel mast, approximately 100 feet (30 metres) in diameter. (one 500,000th the size of the earth’s surface), at Burning Man festival, Nevada desert 14
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu
In 2018, designers Jakob Lange and Bjarke Ingels embarked on a crowdfunding venture for their ORB, which was a giant reflective sphere that was to be erected at Burning Man. The ORB was an inflatable piece of art that was designed to represent the earth’s surface to scale. As such, with its diameter of approximately 30 meters, the ORB was one of the largest pieces of artworks at the increasingly popular festival. Conceived as a mirror for lovers of earth, the orb was created to reflect the sea of festival attendees and the growing desert community surrounding them.
THE ORB was created as a tribute to nature and to the human expression. The designers, Jacob and Bjarke designed it so that it could be spotted easily. The designers funded the majority of the structure and took over 2,500 hours to weld and sew the sphere in place. To complete the project, the designers turned to crowdfunding platforms to raise the additional money needed to bring it to life. The sphere was constructed from the same chromatic fabric that is used to create NASA weather balloons. It was held in place by a 105-foot-tall steel mast.
The architects and the designers intended the sphere to act as a landmark for future festival guests. Bjarke and Jacob planned the reflectiveness of the sphere for both practical and artistic reasons. The lights from the festival and the human life from the community would cast a luminous glow over the sphere in a manner that made it appear like a huge disco ball while to the outside world, the same sphere would serve as a landmark for future generations.
The burning man community is known for building a broad range of elaborate structures that follow a theme every year. The orb, which was installed in 2018, followed the theme of I Robot. This theme asked participants to respond to the alarming rise of technological power the effect of technology on the rest of the world.
Filthy Luker – Art Attacks
Luke Egan, otherwise known as Filthy Luker, is a mixed media artist from Bristol. He is known for creating large inflatable sculptures, temporarily installed in various places around the planet.
Andy Warhol blowing up Silver Clouds, Los Angeles, 1966
Why is Andy Warhol important?
Andy Warhol is no stranger to critical acclaim; his various works introduced thousands of audiences to contemporary art which helped to put American artists on the map, and it waged a war against abstract expressionism. Warhol effectively managed, time and time again, to shatter distinctions in art and he helped to reshape the aesthetic criteria that many people used to categorize art. In true fashion, Warhol inspired an artistic revolution of epic proportions that was felt not just in America, but in other parts of the world as well.
Silence Was Golden – Snobs, Eslite Spectrum Songyan
In 2015, Public Delivery collaborated with the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan’s first museum to be dedicated exclusively to contemporary art and one of the most prominent art institutions of Asia. Silence Was Golden is our on-going global public art project which is centered around words or short phrases made out of golden letter-shaped balloons, chosen by performers to express their feelings towards their environment and the histories surrounding it. Words were collected through a open call, and then performed together with a variety of people, including students from Tainan National University of the Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Tamkang University and Taipei Jingmei Girls High School in different locations all over Taipei.
Up until now, the project was performed 253 times in 1/4 of the world’s countries (179 cities, 48 countries, six continents).
Gimhongsok – Canine Construction, 2009, 164x231x90cm
This Canine Construction by South Korean artist, Gimhongsok is one that anyone would fall in love with, coupled with the enigmatic quality it has. This work is the sculpture of a dog remains one of the artist’s most well-known works in recent times. The creation involved using garbage bags, balloons, cardboard boxes, all assembled with expensive materials like resin.