Concrete Dreams

Digitally printed foil balloons

This work was commissioned as part ofArt Across the City 2015 by LOCWS and was situated in the Brutalist Civic Centre. A huge cluster of helium balloons floats high up, each printed with a picture of the building, which they sit inside. As the temperature changes and passing visitors create shifts in the air, the balloons gently shimmer and dip around the atrium. Concrete Dreams both celebrates and laments the passing of its iconic, Brutalist architecture; the loss of an equally loved and maligned building and what the future holds. Over the duration of the work, the balloons slowly lost all of their air, dipping until the bunch was hanging totally upside down.