Twenty-Thousand. That’s The Number of Helium-Filled Balloons That It Took to Lift An Artist Off The Ground
For nine hours on Sunday, a colorful array of balloons suspended artist Noëmi Lakmaier before spectators inside of Australia’s Sydney Opera House.
The not so ordinary performance, was part of the opera house’s Antidote festival called Cherophobia ― the fear of happiness.
— Cherophobia Project (@Cherophobia2016) September 3, 2017
“Being frightened of what we want seems to push and pull, and leave us in a constant Catch-22, which sounds so uncomfortable, but in so many ways resonates with the fight between my body and the balloons,” Lakmaier told Australia’s ABC News.
Lakmaier has said that her inspiration behind her artwork’s concept originates from her requiring a wheelchair.
“I am quite scared of giving up control,” Lakmaier, who uses a wheelchair, told the English website Culture24 last year.
Being suspended in the air, relying upon the balloons to hold her, forces her to face that fear, she explained.
“In a sense, I’m not in control but really ultimately I am completely because I’m engineering the whole thing ― even if physically I’m not,” she said.
The last time she performed the installation was in 2016 in London. During that performance, she stayed afloat for 48 hours.