3. “Untitled” Balloon Tree by Myeongbeom Kim
The thought of floating away on a balloon felt like a reality as a kid, and this floating tree brings back the thought a little too vividly. The Balloon Tree by Myeongbeom Kim takes the scarlet red leaves of fall and turns them into bright red balloons that bring to mind the 2009 Pixar film Up. We’re not sure if it’s the balloons that are holding up the tree or an attribution to the illusion of art displays, but the overall piece provokes big ideas — even with its minimal construction. It also brings back the days when getting a balloon actually felt like an award.