Standing in line at Walgreen’s to pick up medication, I noticed something odd. There was a balloon near the register, but right above it… there was a small bit of paper, taped across the overhead light.
Spotted these on the way to work, near Daley Plaza. While they looked quite beautiful to me, there’s a part of me that feels some sadness in that their journey got interrupted. That these guys were headed elsewhere, but for the trees.
So it turns out, Liz spent several days slowly filling the car up with balloons. She pretended to work in the basement one night, and had to secretly move balloons out from the basement to the car bit by bit.
It felt like a moment of serendipity, but that’s not quite the right word. Serendipity implies a kind of happiness I think. Is there a word for chance encounters that imbue a sense of sadness as well? Because that’s what this felt like.
Spotted this balloon heart the day after Valentine’s day, stuck in a tree near our house.
I wonder if this was done prior to all the construction kicking in. Given the placement of the stickers and the fence, I’m guessing so. But realizing that makes me wonder how I missed this, walking by every day, to and from work?
De Ceulaer was interested in using plaster as “an end material,” and not just something used for making moulds. He tested out this approach by filling a balloon with plaster, and ended up with a fairly useless object that had perfectly smooth sides.
For this site-specific installation, Creed fills half the space of a room with balloons, giving tangible form to something that’s usually invisible: the air around you. This lively artwork is meant to be enjoyed as you walk through it and not just viewed from outside. In Chicago, the artist has installed four versions of this work in different neighborhoods throughout the city, choosing a different color balloon for each site to give the installations their own feeling.
Spotted this in the alley, on the way to work this morning.
Awesome stop-motion video, done with illustrations on about a gazillion balloons. Thanks to Mark Clarkson for the link!
Yesterday was my birthday, and I walked in to find my desk adorned with a nice little surprise. Throughout the day, I got a lot of well wishes from friends, both in-person and online. Facebook always surprises me, with people I literally haven’t seen in years dropping a note and a kind word. It was a steady stream all day,…
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Today is my birthday. I turned 35. At work, we have a great policy where you can take a “birthday day” off, and it doesn’t count against your vacation days. I was figuring on taking Friday off, as Mondays are usually busy with meetings and whatnot. This morning, on the way in, Liz wanted to walk with me to my…
After having a balloon-filled apartment for over a week now, Liz and I decided it was time for one last hurrah, and to officially say goodbye to the balloons. All of the helium-filled balloons have gone, but the ones remaining were the green ones… the ones we’ve been kicking around the apartment, in both the dining room and the office….
It’s not much, but I noticed this shriveled, black balloon maybe a week or so ago. I was standing at the Damen Blue Line stop, looking down onto the street, and noticed it hanging from a nearby tree. The balloon was being batted around by the wind, but had apparently been exposed to the elements for some time. I found…