Cornell University News Release

2nd December, 2010

Three-story balloon for Cornell’s Unpacking the Nano exhibit will be installed at the Johnson Museum of Art on Dec. 9



Three-story balloon for Cornell’s ‘Unpacking the Nano’ exhibit will be installed at the Johnson Museum of Art on Dec. 9



WHAT:            Installation of a three-story balloon for ‘Unpacking the Nano’ exhibit

WHEN:              Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:             Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell campus

NOTE:            Media are welcome to cover and photograph the balloon installation. From an action perspective, we expect the installation to be photogenic. Please contact Blaine Friedlander, Cornell Press Office, (607) 254-8093, to gain access to the work area.

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University will install a three-story, vinyl balloon at the Sculpture Court (second floor) of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 from about 11 a.m. until about 4 p.m. The balloon is being installed for Cornell’s forthcoming exhibit “Unpacking the Nano,” to depict how little carbon dioxide a Tata Motors’ Nano car emits annually.

Reporters and photographers are welcome to cover any part of the installation.

At around 11 a.m., the crew will begin rigging a set of more than two-dozen cables to suspend the balloon. Once rigged, the crew will attach the heavy vinyl balloon. At around noon, if all goes well, the crew will inflate the balloon and adjust cables. The work should finish around 4 p.m.

If weather and wind conditions are poor, the work will be attempted the next day.

The balloon measures 24.5 feet in diameter and it holds 7,736 cubic feet of air – the equivalent of a year’s worth of Nano emissions. The museum’s Sculpture Court is about 25,000 cubic feet of space – or the equivalent of the annual emission from a large, American-built pickup truck.

The “Unpacking the Nano” exhibit opens at the museum on Jan. 15, 2011.

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Contact:            Blaine Friedlander

Phone:            (607) 254-8093


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