“Holy moly! What is that!?”
I was sitting at a stoplight
near the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
when I noticed a giant
transparent ball/orb/balloon
seemingly dangling in mid-air
above the museum,
dancing in the sunlight.
I couldn’t wait to find out
what the Walker had up its’ sleeves
(and up in the air)!

So, here’s the deal:
that two-story super-sphere,
aptly called the Iridescent Planet,
was created by artist Tomas Saraceno
to celebrate his Lighter Than Air exhibition.
Solar panels are suspended inside the balloon,
which gets to hang outside
on certain sunny days.
Lest you think it’s easy
to install a gigantic balloon outside,
just how much work it took!