After initial fruitful collaborations with the Balloon Museum, Cyril Lancelin created Flying Maze, a new artwork specially made for the Let’s Fly exhibition in New York. The sculpture takes the form of an immense inflatable maze. With its green colour, the sculpture is a reminder of vegetal labyrinths, popular creations during the European Renaissance. The labyrinth is a very old motif and a symbol of the quest for self and the elevation of the spirit towards knowledge. Cyril Lancelin invites visitors to explore the mazes of this original work-architecture. Illuminated in places, visitors can venture inside to get lost or hide. At the heart of the labyrinth, there is no Minotaur, as in Greek mythology, but a gigantic reflecting sphere. A way for the artist to inscribe the visitors and their own image into his artwork.
Cyril Lancelin was born in Lyon, France, in 1975. He is today a major figure in the world of inflatable art. A multidisciplinary artist, his practice includes sculptures, immersive installations and virtual experiences. He employs a plastic vocabulary rooted in primitive geometry to connect architecture and the human body, the everyday and the functional, the perennial and the ephemeral, and science and nature. His work often engages the public in immersive installations, forcing viewers to question their own relationship with the surrounding space.