Half the air in a given space by Martin Creed at Garfield Park Conservatory in Partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago



Chicago, IL – Presented by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Park District and Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Half in the air in the given space, 1999 (Work No. 210)by British artist Martin Creed (British, b. 1968) will be on display at Garfield Park Conservatory until October 15 and on display from  daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Free admission.

Half of the space is filled with white balloons which gives a tangible form to something that’s usually invisible: the air around us.  The artwork is meant to be enjoyed as you walk through it and not just viewed from the outside.  After reading a few guidelines for safety provided at the door, visitors will be able to enter the space.

This project is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and presented in collaboration with the Hyde Park Art Center; the Garfield Park Conservatory; the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Edgewater Development Corporation.

Four Balloon Sites Throughout Chicago

Four versions of the installation are presented in different parts of the city: Hyde Park Art Center, Garfield Park Conservatory, City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, and a building in Edgewater. More details about the locations and exhibition dates are listed below. Map of the project locations: http://goo.gl/maps/PyASV

Who is Martin Creed?

Martin Creed is a British artist who was raised in Scotland and currently lives and works in London. His work has been exhibited widely at a variety of international venues, including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art; the Centre Pompidou–Metz, France; Tate Modern, London; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands. Best known as winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, where Creed presented a work where the lights go on and off, Creed’s work also kicked off the London 2012 Summer Olympics on July 27, 2012 with a collaborative project to have everyone ring bells across the UK for three minutes. Martin Creed Plays Chicago is the first major presentation of his work in the Midwest.


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