Artist suspended by 20,000 balloons at St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch

No�mi prepares to be lifted into the air. (Picture: Grace Gelder)

No�mi prepares to be lifted into the air. (Picture: Grace Gelder) - Credit: Archant

A disabled artist has been lifted off the ground by 20,000 helium balloons for a performance art piece at St Leonard’s church in Shoreditch.

Cherophobia is part of the Unlimited festival. (Picture: Grace Gelder).

Cherophobia is part of the Unlimited festival. (Picture: Grace Gelder). - Credit: Archant

Vienna-born artist Noëmi Lakmaier’s Cherophobia installation is being live streamed online and at art centres for 48 hours.

It is part of the Unlimited festival celebrating extraordinary works by disabled and deaf artists. Cherophobia aims to connect people through shared suspense and anticipation. It takes its title from a psychiatric condition defined as an “exaggerated or irrational fear of gaiety or happiness”.

Crew members prepare the balloons. (Picture: Grace Gelder).

Crew members prepare the balloons. (Picture: Grace Gelder). - Credit: Archant

People are invited to head down and watch the performance art piece which ends tomorrow.

The artist will be suspended for 48 hours. (Picture: Grace Gelder).

The artist will be suspended for 48 hours. (Picture: Grace Gelder). - Credit: Archant

No�mi about to take off (Picture: Grace Gelder)

No�mi about to take off (Picture: Grace Gelder) - Credit: Archant

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