Huge 18m balloon structure on display in The Dubai Mall

Experimental artist assembled the colourful structure over eight days


The Dubai Mall brings all sorts of wondrous things to the emirate: a dinosaur, marine creatures from the underworld – and now, giant balloons.

There’s a new exhibition blowing up in The Dubai Mall transforming the humble birthday favourite into a work of spectacular art.

World renowned experimental artist Jason Hackenwerth, from New York, is in town and has put together a ginormous installation – made entirely of balloons.

“My intention is to surprise people so profoundly that there’s a moment of reverence as they fully comprehend the massive scale of the delicate work,” he says.

We’re quite sure the kids will be (pleasantly) surprised. The 18m tall and 6m wide installation, called Skyward, took eight days in total to blow up and assemble, with a team of assistants on hand.

So far, Hackenwerth’s works have been exhibited in the Solomon R Guggenheim New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum London and the National Museum Scotland, and now his balloon modelling skills will be showcased for us as we shop.

Hackenworth, who currently lives and works in St. Petersburg, told Time Out Dubai, “I hope that people will be awestruck. Balloons are very accessible. Everyone has an experience with them. So even those who may not be interested in art can appreciate the works. In this way, the work become a gateway for art.”
Free. Until Feb 28. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai,,

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