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Tomás Saraceno 'Aerocene' Installation - Inspired by Ongoing Research with MIT Faculty - On View at the Grand Palais During UN COP21 Climate Summit

Event Date: 
4 December 2015
Paris, FR

Aerocene – Around the world to change the world. An open project by Tomás Saraceno 

For COP21 Paris, the artist presents the first Aerocene prototype - a product of ongoing collaborations with MIT researchers and faculty - at Grand Palais from December 4 - 11, 2016. Saraceno was part of a Visting Artist Program at MIT in 2014 and met with over 20 scientists, architects, and engineers across the Institute for conversations about biomimicry, cosmology, atmosphere and flight.

Aerocene is a series of air-fuelled sculptures that will float in the longest, most sustainable journey around the world without engines, becoming buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth. The project floats in the air without burning of fossil fuels, using solar panels, batteries; or helium, hydrogen and other rare gases from the ground re-sensing the circulation of energy and resources.

Tomas Saraceno, Aerocene 10.4 & 15.3 During UN COP21 Climate Summit, installation view at Grand Palais, Paris, 2015. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photography Studio Tomás Saraceno.
Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photography Studio Tomás Saraceno.

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