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Pasadena AxS Festival debuts Dutch artist Cocky Eek's Sphaerae
Pasadena AxS Festival debuts Dutch artist Cocky Eek's Sphaerae

On a patch of velvety grass across the street from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, a swath of white fabric lies unfurled on the ground, like a deflated parachute. This is Sphaerae -- and she is hungry. Soon Sphaerae will be fed five bathtubs' worth of water and a steady stream of air, pumped into her belly by two high-tech fans. And when she is full, Sphaerae will take flight. “It’s exciting,” says Dutch artist and designer Cocky Eek, who created Sphaerae, a lightweight, inflatable performance space composed of five translucent domes that, when blown up, look something like a pile of glistening soap bubbles. Eek, who’s visiting from Amsterdam, walks...

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