Japanese architect Junya Ishigami‘s Cuboid Balloon is a marvelously enormous balloon made out of aluminum that weighs over a ton– and yes, it floats! Filled with 1000 m3 of helium, the five-story high parallelotope structure was completely free floating in the atrium of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo in 2008.

There’s not too many photos of the installation, but there’s a short youtube clip of a museum employee reaching out and gently pulling the balloon down towards the floor with one hand. It’s the perfect embodiment of so many paradoxes: a weightless mass, filling an empty space with air.

I wonder if the atrium required any protective padding for the installation. It would be amazing if bystanders could actually interact with the balloon too– some great photo-ops are awaiting. [Via The Fox Is Black.]

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