It may look like a massive floating Christmas ornament, but don’t worry — people aren’t planning their holiday decorations quite yet. This reflective hot air balloon will be flying over Massachusetts this July, from Martha’s Vineyard to the Berkshires. Built with a reflective mylar coating, the balloon is meant to reflect the landscape of Massachusetts, and it will soar across the state July 12-28.
The flight is part of a public art installation called New Horizon, commissioned by the Trustees land trust, and it’s scheduled to fly to seven different properties owned by the group over the course of 16 days. These include Long Point Wildlife Refuge in Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown’s Farm Institute, the Holmes Reservation in Plymouth, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum outside Boston, Castle Hill in Ipswich, Naumkeag in Stockbridge, and Field Farm in Williamstown.
“New Horizon is a 21st-century version of a journey,” the Trustees’ website says, “traveling through the landscape by air. The project is composed of a series of live events across the state of Massachusetts. At each stop, the mirror balloon touches down becomes a happening. It is both an artwork and an event where ideas, conversation, music, and art are shared.”
Pedro Alonzo, the guest curator for the Trustees’ contemporary arts initiative, said, “This is not the kind of thing that happens regularly — and it’s not the kind of thing that happens in Massachusetts. There are many wonderful, beautiful things to come out of the state, but they tend to be more academic, more research-driven, more sober and business-minded. This kind of art is very rare, and I see it as a real opportunity for people to experience something unique.”
The balloon’s flight path and performance schedule can be found online. Tickets will be available for visitors to board the balloon during each of its stops.
H/T: Travel & Leisure