Phil Dadson

Breath of Wind (2009)

5 min 18 sec (excerpt) of 16 minutesDigital Video / Sound

17 hot air balloons and a brass band.

"Soon after a move to Beachhaven on Auckland's North Shore in 1987, I was abruptly woken one early Sunday morning by a mysteriously loud blast of air above the house, and then another, and clambered out onto the deck to witness an enormous hot air balloon hovering above me, the morning stillness punctuated by intermittent blasts of fiery hot air. I had a vision then of musicians in balloon baskets slowly drifting like a drone-cloud through the blue azure."

Artist's statement

Selected exhibitions

  • Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland (2011)

  • 9 Dragon Heads symposium in Sarajevo (2009)

Other works by Phil Dadson

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