Cloud Nine sensorial installation with balloons
Cloud Nine was developed for the first Youth Mental Health Festival at Orygen in Melbourne with the intention of creating a sensorial experience for participants.
The sculpture was made from three pieces of white and blue stretch gauze fabric which was sewn into an eight metre long tunnel. The tube was filled with over 500 white balloons. Visitors to the festival were invited to walk through the tube alone. At the end of their journey they were asked to write a word to describe something about their experience inside the tube. To document their participation, each person who went through he tube was then photographed with their special word. At the end of the festival there was a wall full of words describing peoples feelings and sensations while they wandered through the tube.
Some words used to describe the journey were ‘fun’, ‘breeze’, ‘strongly horny’ and ‘lust’. On exiting the tube, some people commented that they felt free and playful inside the tunnel, while others experienced a feeling of claustrophobia.
White balloons were selected especially not to create feeling of angst and anxiety, as other colours such as red or black are often triggers for such feelings