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Doug Aitken’s mirrored hot air ballon will travel acrosss Massachusetts this summer

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If you find yourself in Massachusetts this summer, be sure to look up. American artist Doug Aitken will be sending a gleaming, mirrored hot air balloon across the sky as part of The Trustees’ Art & The Landscape public art series.

The land conservation and preservation group commissioned Aitken to create a piece of art that reflected the state’s natural landscape. Aitken’s “New Horizon” does so literally. The large balloon is made from a reflective Mylar that mirrors the sky and landscape it passes over, not so unlike the artist’s other mirrored projects (and this shiny orb at last year’s Burning Man).


Rendering: Doug Aitken Workshop

The balloon is set to travel from Martha’s Vineyard to the Berkshires, making pit stops along the way for a series of “happenings,” where “ideas, conversation, music, and art are shared.” At night during the live events, Aitken’s balloon will become a light sculpture that moves with the music and landscape.

The balloon takes flight July 12 at the Long Point Beach Reservation and will travel across sandy beaches and wavering fields through July 28.

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