Public Program

Pop-Up Installation with Balloon Master HongSeok Ko

The 15 foot sculpture of balloons is the US debut of artist HongSeok Ko.

Blind artist HongSeok Ko makes his US debut with this installation.

  • Date: On View through MLK Day, Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Time: 10am–6pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Dame Anita Roddick Tall Sculpture Barn

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is proud to host a special, one-time pop-up installation by blind, South Korean artist HongSeok Ko Tuesday, November 21 – December 2017. Ko began losing his eyesight at the young age of 19. But before going blind, he began twisting balloons. Largely self-taught, this master balloon artist has exhibited around the Asia Pacific region, bringing joy wherever his sculptures appear. Now, he visits AVAM during the week of Thanksgiving 2017 under the generous auspices of the South Korean government. Inspired by the museum's current mega exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, Ko will build a wholly original balloon sculpture at AVAM that will be on public view through December 2017 in the museum's Dame Anita Roddick Tall Sculpture Barn. This will be Ko's first installation in the continental US.