Inside the Nasher’s Balloon Room

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A ray of light shines into the abyss.
photography by William Neal

On Friday, a few of us here at D were invited to take a swim through the Nasher’s new balloon room. Technically, it’s an installation by British artist Martin Creed. But really, the only thing you need to know is that there’s a room and it’s filled, floor to (almost) ceiling, with approximately 9,000 gold balloons. I couldn’t not try it.

After slithering in sideways to displace the least amount of balloons, I lasted about two minutes. The best way I can think to describe the whole bizarre experience is to ask you to imagine that you’re a caribou, plodding warily through some abnormally tall grass. You pause occasionally to eat some of the grass, but you’re on the alert for predators. And then all of a sudden the grass starts moving and there’s a tiger and you’re probably lunch meat. But it was kinda fun, until the rapid balloon movement whenever someone got close to me started to freak me out and I had an unfortunate encounter with a wall.

After that, I pushed my way to the exit, saw Tim, and the first thing he did was laugh at the staticky state of my hair. Thankfully, I was the one with the camera.

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Local magazine editor or rogue escape artist? You decide.
photography by William Neal
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What a room full of 9,000 balloons looks like.
photography by Jason Acton

If you haven’t already, visit the sculpture center and cross the Arts District off your Dallas Must-Do list.

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