As part of CNZ funded research project, artist Shane McGrath responded to the public reaction to a proposed high-rise hotel on the waterfront of Dunedin city. In a city that predominantly has low-rise, historic buildings, there was a shared concern that the 28 story, 91m high hotel would be unsympathetic to the surrounding architecture and destroy the city skyline. In order to show how high 91m really is, McGrath constructed his own balloon and on the morning of April 15th 2013, with the assistance of several volunteers, sent the balloon aloft.
For the exhibited outcome see the links below.
Thanks to Blue Oyster Gallery, Creative New Zealand, Elizabeth Kerr, Veronica Stevenson