Exhibitionists·Video

Your plastic bags might be part of this humongous levitating installation

An exhibition this summer at Mississsauga's lakefront looks at the power of wind — and includes a massive balloon made from tape and discarded plastic bags.

'Mississauga's becoming part of a global conversation on climate change'

(Blackwood Gallery)

Artist Tomás Saraceno's works often defy optical logic: they seem to hover or hang impossibly in the air, sometimes creating a space for people to walk in, other times floating above them in a gallery or museum. Saraceno is a collaborator, working with scientists, the local community and other participants to enact his mindbending installations.

This summer, one of his works hovered over a Mississauga site, daily, for 10 days during the The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea (written about by our senior writer Leah Collins a few days ago). Called Museo Aero Solar, the work was made from plastic bags, collected at various sites in the city and laboriously taped together by community members with instructions provided by the artist, before the show opened.

Watch the video:

Everyday plastic bags are transformed into a levitating space by a Mississauga community, under the direction of Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno. Filmmakers: Istoica. 3:32

The piece, as curator Christine Shaw points out in this video by filmmakers Istoica, provokes "thinking about plastic pollution, something that we absolutely have to address worldwide." It might make you think of magic, too — or the American Beauty-esque mystery of a windswept plastic bag.

Museo Aero Solar has already drifted away from Mississauga, but if you happen to be in Paris, France before January 6, 2019, you can catch Carte Blanche to Tomás Saraceno while it's taking over the Palais de Tokyo with the biggest spiderweb you've likely ever seen. Follow Tomás Saraceno here.

Let there be flight! "Museo Aero Solar," a Work of Wind project by Tomás Saraceno, prepares for lift-off. (CBC Arts)
(Blackwood Gallery)

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