Emmet Place & Cork Opera House
Flat pavement, wide open space. Suitable for wheelchair users and those with a visual impairment or guide dog. Nearest accessible bathroom located in both Crawford Gallery and Cork Opera House.
Red Air is a new site-specific public art installation by artist Bill Balaskas, winner of the TOYOTAYA Commission, which has been co-designed and co-commissioned by National Sculpture Factory and Cork Opera House for Cork Midsummer Festival 2019. This new artwork reflects on the foremost challenge facing humanity today – climate change.
Through this commission, Balaskas is highlighting the global response that is now needed to avert climate disaster. By using the original TOYOTA signs that were until recently hanging on three sides of the Cork Opera House fly-tower, Balaskas is creating a transformative moment, where he will turn these signs into flower beds / pots for the planting and growing, throughout the festival, of red flora sourced from across the world. In this way, Balaskas is inspired by the automotive industry’s shift to hybrid and electric vehicles, while contemplating the need for an inclusive global response to the crisis.
Bill Balaskas is an artist, theorist and educator based in London.