New Horizon with the Trustees

Have you heard of the Trustees large-scale moving art installation of the summer, New Horizon? The project is a collaboration between contemporary artist Doug Aitken and the Trustees. Doug Aitken has created a high-tech 100-foot tall hot air balloon which will visit several Trustees landscapes this month, ending on July 28th at Field Farm in Williamstown. The balloon has a reflective surface that will relate to the surrounding landscape, as well as a series of LED lights to illuminate the balloon during evening events. Each stop will include a Happening, an event where the balloon serves as a backdrop to conversation and performances.

All of the Trustees locations are so gorgeous, and these events promise to be spectacular! This Saturday the balloon will be at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum for Family Day with two mid-day events ($0-14), plus an evening Happening starting at 6pm. The evening Happening will feature a conversation on The Future of Information with editor-in-chief of the MIT Tech Review, Gideon Lichfield, followed by musical performances by Julie Byrne, Julianna Barwick and Mary Lattimore.

This Sunday the balloon will journey to Castle Hill for Happenings on Sunday and Monday evenings at 6pm. Sunday’s event will start with a conversation on The Future of Identity with World Frontiers Forum’s David Edwards and Katie Rae of MIT’s The Engine, about how we can take advantage of digital technology without sacrificing our privacy, followed by a musical performance. Monday will start with a conversation called Future Collaborations with Dean Kuipers and Lauri Kranz discussing how we can dissolve barriers to collaborate and better face the global challenges of climate change. Jonsi, (of Sigur Ros fame) and Julianna Barwick will be the musical guests. The Notch Traveling Biergarten and food trucks will available during these events! Most events are $25-40, and you can purchase tickets here.

The balloon will then travel to Williamstown for a Thursday midday and evening event on July 25th, followed by a Saturday stop at Naumkeag in Stockbridge on July 27th, and a final breakfast event in Williamstown on July 28th. What a unique event series! See more about the events and buy tickets through the Trustees here.

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