IIt isn’t everyday that you see a 92-foot-high balloon capturing the image of Vincent van Gogh floating above the city. Weather permitting, the balloon will land early Friday morning on Flagstaff Hill in Oakland, then hover above the neighborhood for two hours.
The aerial tour of the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist is an original idea of Lighthouse Immersive, one of the producers of Immersive van Gogh exhibition, with Impact Museums. The traveling show has been running since October, occupying a converted warehouse at 720 E. Lacock St. on the north side.
The first 100 people to snap a photo of this unique balloon – it shouldn’t be hard to miss – and post it on social media will win a pair of tickets to the immersive exhibit.
“We are delighted to bring the big Van Gogh balloon to a city we love deeply,” said Vito Iaia, producer of Impact Museums, in a press release. “During our short time here already, we’ve felt so much love from Pittsburgh – and we want to do as much as possible to celebrate Pittsburgh in a larger-than-life way.”
The ball has marked expansions and reopens of exhibitions across North America, after making recent saves on a field of sunflowers in the suburbs of Chicago and on the banks of the Mississippi in Minneapolis. Pittsburgh is one of his first stops as he crosses the United States towards Los Angeles.
“Vincent has toured North America to the excitement of many,” Corey Ross, co-producer of Immersive Van Gogh, said in the statement. “We hope he will brighten up the day in Pittsburgh. People seem to identify with him and appreciate the beauty he brought to the world with his works of art.
The Immersive Van Gogh exhibition is currently in 17 cities and more are underway, with 300,000 cubic feet of projections bringing the artist’s famous work to life. It includes The Potato Eaters (The Potato Eaters, 1885), The Starry Night (Starry Night, 1889), The Sunflowers (Tournesols, 1888), The Bedroom (The Bedroom, 1889) and more .
For tickets, see the exhibition website.