Where can we do a test inflation of a two-story balloon? That’s just one of a million questions that curator Yasmil Raymond is dealing with as she works on installing Tomas Saraceno: Lighter Than Air (opening May 14). In this case, happily, there was a ready answer: the McGuire stage (how’s that for an interdisciplinary solution?). Shimmering in the dark, its plastic quietly rustling, the balloon was a majestic and appropriately theatrical presence onstage early this morning. But its eventual destination – we’ll keep that a secret for now – will bring it much more exposure than this 350-seat house.
In the righ-hand image, with Saraceno’s assistant, Knut, you can see the solar-powered “nucleus” suspended within the balloon.