by Elly Fishman
Chyr creates large balloon art installations that have appeared everywhere from Tricia Van Eck’s "Happiness Project" to Millennium Park and the Whistler. Chyr’s work explores the intersection between art and science and many of his pieces resemble large-scale mashups of deep-sea creatures and neuron pathways.
“I try to create platforms and systems that replicate processes in nature,” says Chyr. “For example, the way I build my sculptures is very similar to the way trees grow. I’m much more interested in the process of creation than the actual objects that are created.” Chyr’s balloon structures are inherently temporal and durational (balloons deflate) and the constant changes give the work an organic quality.
Chyr’s Beck’s label is titled "A Glimpse of Something Ephemeral." “I took my main inspiration from electron microscope photographs that you often find in old science textbooks. I wanted the image to look strange and unfamiliar at first, but when you look closer, you realize it’s made out of balloons,” he says. Unlike his balloon work, which is temporary in nature, Beck’s limited edition bottles are considered collectors' items.