Installation of 500,000 Ball Bearings You Can Walk On

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As a part of his latest solo exhibit, Robert Barta‘s new installation CROSSING HALF A MILLION STARS is impressive looking as an installation.  Barta means the number literally.  The floor of the gallery space is filled with 500,000 ball bearings – that’s half a million eight millimeter steel balls.  However, the installation is also a means to a performance and audience engagement.  Visitors are invited to walk across the field of bearings…very carefully.  The visitors pay extra care and attention to the typically simple task of walking.  CROSSING HALF A MILLION STARS allows visitors to consider the space, their actions, and each other just a bit differently.  Really, this theme persists through the exhibit in its entirety.