Curious goings on when wandering through the market to the pub the other morning. A girl was struggling with a big mass of long black balloons, trying to shove it through the entrance of the Undercroft (under the war memorial).

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It’s all up in the Air is a concept by visual artist Rhona Byrne. ‘It acts as both site-specific outdoor sculpture and a travelling host to happenings, events and social encounters.’

From Friday 10th – Saturday 26th May these intriguing clouds of black matter will be inhabiting that space like a strange think tank. There will be a series of related talks and workshops also happening whilst it’s in situ.

So how do you feel when you walk in?

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Supposedly these balloons represent an emblem of misery and pessimism. I am guessing a sort of brain, confused and over-whelmed. But the patterned slices of triangle carpet, whilst chaotic, seemed to offer a sort optimism. Partnered together, there is definitely something very special about sitting under one of these sculptures. It gives a moment to let imaginations run, yet also a moment to gather thoughts.

It’s like entering the door to a little part of your brain….(whilst another part of it is still outside in the bustling market)

… definitely worth popping in to!

http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/festival/visual_arts/its-all-up-in-the-air

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