Rainbow City - FriendsWithYou Art Installation. View from the High Line Park. Chelsea, New York City.
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I went to the newly opened section of the High Line Park earlier today. I got to view (and play with) the public art installation at the entrance to the new section of the High Line Park at 30th street between 10th and 11th Avenues. It’s quite amazing! They are giant balloons that you can play with. You can even go inside some of them and jump around (it’s sort of like being in a balloon trampoline).
The exhibit is the first major public art installation by FriendsWithYou which is the project of two artists named Samuel Borkson and Arturo “Tury” Sandoval III who made the exhibit to try to infect New York with a ‘happy virus’:
“Because our medium is helium in these monolithic-type sculptures, it is kind of like they are breathing — they are living with you and almost dwarfing you — it helps to convey this religious and spiritual experience that people are used to inside of churches and inside of your usual spiritually evoking environment,” Borkson said.” Source
It’s virtually impossible not to smile when you are near this exhibit whether you are playing with the giant balloons or viewing them from the High Line. :)