Suspended from the ceiling of the National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery, Jason Hackenwerth’s leviathan art installation Pisces is visually stunning, arresting and — given that is made from over 10,000 balloons — playful.
Created in situ over the course of the last week, Hackenwerth and his assistants have created a unique and ephemeral wonder as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. With its spiral form and tendril-ringed maw, it is inspired by the anatomy of sea creatures, and also of the legend of Aphrodite and Eros, who escaped the wrath of Typhoon by disguising themselves as intertwined fish — the Pisces we know from today’s constellation and horoscopes.
Due to its scale, there is something decidedly alien about the piece as well. In direct contrast to the Grand Gallery’s rigid columns and precision architecture, Pisces possesses a fluid and ethereal quality; as it turns gently in the draft of the space, it almost appears to have a life of its own.
As accessible as the space it’s installed in, Pisces will appeal to all ages and is set to be a must-catch feature of the Science Festival during its all too brief life.
Pisces is on display in the National Museum of Scotland until 14 April. Admission free