Taipei activates space below a rail viaduct with 1,000 twinkling balloons

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PROMENADE UNDER 220. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

PROMENADE UNDER 220. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

In November, Taipei was overtaken by a giant anemone lurking beneath a rail viaduct. One thousand six-foot-tall, cylindrical balloons wobbled under the city’s Shilin Metro Station. The 650-foot-long, inflatable, public art installation, Walking in the Balloons, was built for the Shilin Light Festival. City Yeast, a Taipei-based design firm, executed the project.

CHILDREN IN THE BALLON WALK. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

CHILDREN IN THE BALLON WALK. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

According to City Yeast, the balloons contained motion-triggered LEDs. As children frolicked or winds gusted, the vibrations made lights twinkle. A few of the inflated columns also housed speakers, which played oceanic sounds and Shilin tales.

City Lab called the installation a “public art piece for kids.” And visitors referred to it as “the anemone.”

The Shilin Metro Station is around the National Science Taiwan Education Center, Taipei Astronomical Museum, and the Taipei Children’s Amusement Park. But during the popular installation’s 2-week period, public life centered at the Shilin Metro Station.

PEOPLE TOOK HOME COLUMNS. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

PEOPLE TOOK HOME COLUMNS. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

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