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The creative force of a popped balloon

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  September 26, 2013 09:10 AM

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There is a degree of terror in the idea of popped balloon. Prepare to run, cover your ears, don't handle that thing so roughly! Swiss artist Fabian Oefner dramatizes this small-scale, explosive moment in his series, "Liquid Jewels." Oefner covers modeling balloons with layers of acyrlic paint, pricks them with a pin, and takes high-speed photographs of the ensuing calamity. The paint flashes outward in intermingled waves and tentacles, taking on the aspect of a primeval eruption. It's fun to get a concrete visualization of an event that passes in the blink of an eye, and Oefner's fantastical images confirm why you've been mildly afraid of popping balloons all along: something really intense is going on there.

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Images courtesy of Fabian Oefner.

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