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Designers: Alberto Bottero, Valeria Bruni, Simona Della Rocca, Fabio Vignolo

The winning project, He, opening at MAXXI in Rome, Italy, this summer, is a large-scale balloon floating above the MAXXI piazza, providing shadow to a lawn and wooden platform below equipped with areas for play and rest. Human interaction takes place amid the dripping water flowing along the base of the suspended balloon, a chilling curtain that virtually defines the area underneath. When night falls, water is replaced by artificial light, turning the balloon into a suspended lantern. After the installation, helium will be recovered from the deflated balloon and reused for scientific and medical research.

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