city yeast creates anemone-like scene with 1000 cylinder balloons in taipei
city yeast creates anemone-like scene with 1000 cylinder balloons in taipei
dec 09, 2015

city yeast creates anemone-like scene with 1000 cylinder balloons in taipei

city yeast creates anemone-like scene with 1000 cylinder balloons in taipei
images © city yeast




city yeast is a design firm based in taipei devoted to generate commitment between the public and design. ‘walking in the balloons’ is an installation comprising of one thousand 180-centimeter tall cylinder balloons that achieves different interactions with the locals. the inflatable objects are placed underneath the shilin metro station bridge in taipei.

city yeast balloons designboom
there are one thousand of 180-centimeter tall colour cylinder balloons underneath the bridge




moving around the array-arranged balloons results in vibrations that trigger the LED’s placed on top of the tubes to twinkle. some balloons also contain portable mini speaker devices that broadcast the local sounds and stories, creating a link between these memories and the new experiences the user is living. the public art piece references clown fishes swimming among anemones, transferring this flow of motion into a city scene.

city yeast balloons designboom
moving around the cylinder balloons references clown fish swimming among anemones

city yeast balloons designboom
the installation is a 200-meter-long corridor underneath the bridge, filled with the cylinder balloons

city yeast balloons designboom
the sound installation is mounted on top of some balloons, broadcasting the local memories of shilin, taipei

city yeast balloons designboom
kids listening the story of shilin from the sound installation

city yeast balloons designboom
cylinder balloons swaying in the wind

city yeast balloons designboom
the cylinder balloons are like inflatable tumblers

city yeast balloons designboom
the balloons were printed with different colour gradients

city yeast balloons designboom
the transparency of the installation plays with our perception

city yeast balloons designboom
the cylinder balloons were given to people who loved them the last day of the exhibition

city yeast balloons designboom
rendering of the tubular ballons



project info:

client: kuo yuan ye foods co., ltd.
planning executive: city yeast
design: agua design
location: the corridor underneath the shilin metro station, taipei.
project year: 2015
photographs: agua, ansel, peinong, wayne. © city yeast



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: juliana neira | designboom

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
504,180 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine