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Doug Aitken Will Launch a Giant Mirrored Balloon Across Massachusetts

Public art takes to the skies for two weeks in July.

For his next effort, multifaceted artist Doug Aitken will launch a reflective hot air balloon stateside for a project entitled New Horizon. Mimicking a shiny marble, the suspended artwork will be on view for two weeks in July.

Aitken realized the ambitious undertaking with the Trustees of Reservations as part of the nonprofit organization’s Art & the Landscape initiative, a program dedicated to conservation and preservation while also showcasing large-scale works connected to nature. “This is a moment where a lot of us — almost everybody — is apprehensive about the future,” said Boston-based curator Alonzo to WBUR-FM. “I see this balloon functioning as a beacon that brings people together to have conversations about the future — and then some fun listening to music.”

New Horizon is slated for 14 appearances at eight locations in Massachusetts. View the schedule below and then head over to Doug Aitken’s website to learn more.

In other public art initiatives, House of Trees recently launched a traveling exhibition displaying politically-charged banners made in collaboration between renowned female artists and refugees-craftswomen.

Friday, July 12
Long Point Wildlife Refuge, West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Sunrise Viewing
Live music and conversation | 5 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 13
The FARM Institute, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Meals in the Meadow | Ticketed fundraiser

Sunday, July 14
Long Point Wildlife Refuge, West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Sunrise Viewing
Live music and conversation | 5 – 9 p.m.
(Rain date: Monday, July 15)

Wednesday, July 17
Holmes Reservation, Plymouth, MA
Live Music | 5 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 20
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Family Day | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Live music and conversation | 5 – 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 21
The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA
Sunrise Viewing
Live music and conversation | 5 – 9 p.m.

Monday, July 22
Possible Boston Event
Live music and conversation | 5 – 9 p.m.

Friday, July 26
Field Farm, Williamstown, MA
Family Day | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Live music and conversation | 5 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 27
Naumkeag, Stockbridge, MA
Naumkeag Garden Party | 4 – 7 p.m.
Naumkeag After Party | 8 – 10 p.m. (ticketed fundraisers)

Sunday, July 28
Field Farm, Williamstown, MA
Sunrise Viewing

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