Work No. 965. Half the Air in a Given Space

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The installation of this work involves an equation ensuring that exactly half of the air in the room is contained inside of balloons.


This immersive work by Martin Creed is made entirely of 11-inch purple balloons containing half of the air present in the gallery. Following the artist’s instructions, an equation is used during installation to calculate the exact measurements of air. Visitors are invited to walk into the mass of balloons, becoming a part of the work by changing its shape and volume themselves. “It is important to me,” says Creed,” that the situation is normal, that, as usual, the space is full of air; it’s just that half of it [is] inside the balloons. In a way, the space should be treated as if the work is not there.”
Work No. 965. Half the Air in a Given Space

Work No. 965. Half the Air in a Given Space


Martin Creed

(British, b. 1968)
England, 21st century

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