Inflatable art making noise at Traverse City museum

Feb 19, 2021

The Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City is a lot noisier than normal. That's because it's now home to 10 blow-up sculptures, each inflated by air pumps.

'Seeker' by artist Sharon Engelstein.
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The inflatable sculptures are scattered throughout the museum ― some even hang from the ceiling. They're part of a new art exhibit at the Dennos called Blow Up II: Inflatable Contemporary Art.

"It’s a bright, colorful mix of very large-scale sculpture that makes a little noise because of the fans involved in keeping them inflated,” says Jason Dake, curator of education at the Dennos Museum Center.

“It’s something fun and different that we wanted to bring for part of our 30th anniversary year here at the museum,” he says.

'Untitled (Flamingos only hang by the pool)' by artist Susan Lee-Chun.
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Dake says it’s a family-friendly exhibition. Masks are required upon entering the museum, and he says they also have earplugs on hand should the noise caused by the fans be too loud.

The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, February 21 and will be up through May 16.