For New York City Ballet’s Art Series, Geronimo Fills David H. Koch Theater With 50,000 Balloons

For the New York City Ballet Art Series, more than 50,000 biodegradable, compostable latex balloons, ranging in size from 10 inches to 10 feet, fill the 45-foot-high promenade of the David H. Koch Theater through March 4. Photography by Erin Baiano.

Balloons. Ballet. Both evoke supreme weightlessness. Capitalizing on the association, artist , aka Jihan Zencirli, has used tens of thousands of the inflated globes to create “The Planets,” an installation as exhilarating as a Misty Copeland grand jeté. Part of sixth annual , the buoyant work fills the vast three-story promenade at the , the company’s home. “Movement certainly inspires me,” Zencirli says. “But how light danced through the space was really integral.” Ellsworth Kelly gets a nod for the saturated palette of the balloons, which are arranged by color into seven enormous molecularlike groups. (Kelly was chosen, she notes, because at one time his work was in the private collection of Philip Johnson, the theater’s architect.) Midway through the ballet’s winter season, the installation will change to something prism-esque, referencing the promenade’s diamond light fixtures. It’s up through March 4.

The installation’s artist, Jihan Zencirli. Photography by Erin Baiano.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. "The Planets" at the David H. Koch Theater. Photography by Erin Baiano.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. "The Planets" at the David H. Koch Theater. Photography by Erin Baiano.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. "The Planets" at the David H. Koch Theater. Photography by Erin Baiano.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. "The Planets" at the David H. Koch Theater. Photography by Erin Baiano.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Jihan Zencircli in front of her installation for New York City Ballet's annual Art Series. Photography by Erin Baiano.

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