Collaborations with Nature

Lighter than Air

Large light-weight amorphous forms, inflated with a gas lighter than air and weighted to be neutrally buoyant, float adrift invisible air currents inside a vertical glass box several stories high. In suspended animation, their slow movements create a curious sense of levitation.


Translucent and light in colour, the diaphanous elliptical or spherical forms float in random, weightless levitation. The choreography of these 'heavenly' bodies is unplanned, their orbits are irregular and do not respond to gravitational forces. They respond instead to complex patterns of random air currents. Lighter Than Air invites the viewer to share its corporeal lightness and enter into the spirit of its energy, free of weight and unrestrained by gravity.


This project was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.