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[Neither] a brand, [nor] a copy-righted artwork […] neither a flying sculpture, nor a symbol or an aestheticization of some good, politically correct eco-sustainable practice”,
Museo Aero Solar is firstly a community.

— Pierre Chabard, ENS d'Architecture Paris La Villette
Photography by Helga Elsner Torres, © 2015
Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2014
Photography by Helga Elsner Torres, © 2015

Initiated in conversations between Tomás Saraceno and Alberto Pesavento in 2007, Museo Aero Solar unfolds in the space formed between human and non-human participants in the simple acts of cooperation and reusing plastic bags to collectively produce an aerosolar sculpture, capable of moving on air, only with the power of the sun. 

Bringing people together through workshops and social gatherings in more than 21 locations to date, the practice of Museo Aero Solar—in a state of constant reassembling—entails the reclamation of plastic from the disposability of current political and aesthetic economies and the transformation this infamous material of our current geologic epoch into a mind-expanding matter: rather than being discarded, the reclaimed plastic is washed, dried and cared for, united together as a canvas for the collection of personal stories and friendships, expressed in drawings made on the plastic membrane.

Each manifestation of Museo Aero Solar raises questions of other possible futures, in their true plural potential, and through encouraging sensitivity and care to the environment from which the individual components of Museo are salvaged prompts reflection on how we may renew a more relational understanding of the environment, and our embeddedness within it, and of more reciprocal modes of living together.

The core of Museo resides not in its image, but in the inventiveness and collaboration of local activators: initiated through transdisciplinary actions, workshops and social gatherings across the planet—from primary schools to The Anthropocene Monument with Bruno Latour, the Red Cross Climate Conference with Pablo Suarez to the growing Global Climate Strikes—over 20,000 plastic bags have been collected by the displaced, open-source community, which is situated, among others, in Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Palestine, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. 

Build Your Very Own Museo Aero Solar!


a kit that can teach you how to float

The Aerocene Backpack is a portable float starter kit, which enables anyone to launch their own aerosolar sculpture and start sensing the ocean of air.

With only heat provided by the sun, without the use of fossil fuels, helium, hydrogen, solar panels, or batteries, the enclosed aerosolar sculpture lifts several sensors contained within the SensAIR device that captures atmospheric data such as temperature, humidity, pressure and air quality. 

The Backpack is designed to engage participants in thinking-through-making activity, stimulating imagination and creativity, and imparts information about solar balloon flight, thermodynamic physics, meteorological science, and art practices.

A poetic tool for imagining a renewed era without fossil fuels, the Aerocene Backpack is a sculpture that is intended to be borrowed or built autonomously, and is always evolving through an ongoing, collective process of construction through an open-source approach.

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The Aerocene Backpack is currently being tested and developed by a passionate global community of artists, geographers, philosophers, thinkers, speculative scientists, explorers, balloonists, and technologists, and many other enthusiasts.



Travel around the world lifted only by the sun