8 bit balloons

’8-bit balloons’ is a construction of balloons organised into sequences of 8bit binary numbers. Each binary number was the value of a primitive computer ASCII code letter, so the intention was that I was constructing digital data which spelt a message in balloons which was being corrupted by external random elements such as the weather! eg: ‘A’ = 65 in ASCII which becomes ’01000001′ in 8bit binary, so a sequence of 1 green, 1 red, 5 green, 1 red balloons!

I’d pre-half tied the deflated bio-degradable balloons to a piece of degradable string so that within my hour on the 4th plinth at Trafalgar Square I would have time to inflate over 200 balloons! The higher the structure grew, the more like DNA it appeared!

One disappointing aspect – I wouldve needed to inflate more than 1000 to give me any lift. So no floating over london this day. My time slot on the 4th plinth at Trafalgar Square was Noon til 1pm, Tues 6th October 2009.

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