Aerocene Grand Palais Installation, Paris

Aerocene – Around the world to change the world, Sculpture, Paris Grand Palais Installation

Aerocene Grand Palais Installation, Paris

Architectural Sculpture in France – design by Tomás Saraceno

25 Nov 2015

Aerocene Grand Palais Installation in Paris

Design: Tomás Saraceno

Aerocene – Around the world to change the world
An open project by Tomás Saraceno

First presentation at Grand Palais and Palais de Tokyo during United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21

December 4 – 11: Aerocene sculptural installation at Grand Palais, Solutions COP21, Paris
December 4, 12pm: guided visit for press, Aerocene booth, Grand Palais
December 5, 6pm: Artist talk at Grand Palais
December 6, 3pm: Symposium at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Tomás Saraceno’s artistic project Aerocene is a series of air-fuelled sculptures that will float in the longest, most sustainable journey around the world without engines, becoming buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth. The project floats in the air without burning of fossil fuels, using solar panels, batteries; or helium, hydrogen and other rare gases from the ground re-sensing the circulation of energy and resources.

Aerocene Grand Palais Installation in Paris:
Aerocene sculptural installation at Grand Palais, Solutions COP21, Paris

The material realization is surpassed by the message it bears: Its aesthetic form follows a both utopian and real idea of open source force of movement. Inflated by the air, lifted by the sun, carried by the wind, the project questions and seeks answers to our current and troublesome dependency on fossil and hydrocarbon fuels and pollution – the topics that places Aerocene at the core of United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 topical framework. In a world divided by geopolitics, Aerocene calls for participation and do-it-together actions. Crossing the frontiers between art, science and education, it becomes a visionary and open platform of shared knowledge. Thus it seeks for the deep understanding of our planet and all its physical, natural and social entanglements in order to project new ways of how we can move, dwell and be-together here on Earth.

For COP21 Paris, the artist will present the first Aerocene prototype at Grand Palais that will be able to circumnavigate the earth many times. At Palais de Tokyo, a symposium and a demonstrative workshop will be organized, and a series of actions and collective performances, based on open-source collaborative principles, will take place. Conformed participants of three panels event include Leila W. Kinney (MIT CAST), Marion Ackermann (Kunstsammlung NRW, K21 Düsseldorf), Oliver Morton (The Economist), Bronislaw Szerszynski (Lancaster University) and others.

Symposium information: Symposium at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Participatory actions
From reused plastic bags, to the journey around the world, Cloud Cities on the making.

A demonstration of the principles of #Aerocene
17.11-6.12.2015 – Be part of a movement that has traveled to over 21 countries around the world and reused more than 30 000 plastic, while building “Museo Aerosolar”, a flying museum. Bring your re-used plastic bags, and participate in the do-it-together. Bring 10 plastic bags, glued together in a single sheet, and get a free access to the symposium and workshop, organised together with Palais de Tokyo. Or dowload the instructions and send a video of your flying sculpture at

Propose a payload for #Aerocene
From 3.12.2015-ongoing – propose a payload. Write a message or suggest an idea for the payload that will be carried up with the next aerosolar flight. Up to 5 grams of imagination will be lifted by the sun, no helium, burners, panels or batteries used. Foster your imagination towards the unexplored heights of the

Be lifted by the sun #Aerocene #flysharing
From 3.12.2015 –ongoing Collect your new, fossil fuel-free ‘miles and more.’ Become a part of #flyforchange: visit and help to build a new fleet of air-fuelled vehicles, share one with frinds, and start your pilot license course.

Forecast the trajectory of the free-flight
From 11.01.2016 – Join thousands in tracking and predicting the paths of the next art-science experiment. Get the coordinates of the launch, track the weather patterns, be challenged by jet-stream highways, and exercise your thermodynamic imagination.

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris

Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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