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6 August 2010 - 26 September 2010


  • Fri 6 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Sat 7 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Sun 8 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Tue 10 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Wed 11 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Thu 12 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Fri 13 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Sat 14 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Sun 15 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Tue 17 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Wed 18 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Thu 19 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Fri 20 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Sat 21 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Sun 22 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Tue 24 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Wed 25 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Thu 26 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Fri 27 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Sat 28 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Sun 29 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Tue 31 Aug at 10.00AM
  • Wed 1 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Thu 2 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Fri 3 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Sat 4 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Sun 5 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Tue 7 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Wed 8 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Thu 9 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Fri 10 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Sat 11 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Sun 12 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Tue 14 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Wed 15 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Thu 16 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Fri 17 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Sat 18 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Sun 19 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Tue 21 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Wed 22 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Thu 23 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Fri 24 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Sat 25 Sep at 10.00AM
  • Sun 26 Sep at 10.00AM
Dimbola Museums and Galleries

Box office: 01983 756 814

Terrace Lane
Freshwater Bay
PO40 9QE


Friday 6 August to Sunday 26 September 2010

An exhibition of air art photographs from the 1960’s with contemporary texts showing how the 'utopian' air structures of the time could have saved the world from global warming.

The 60’s Cultural Revolution was driven by a desire to change the environment with poetry, music, film, theatre and photographs integrated into architecture as multi-media.

Resistance came from politicians, lawyers and industry of the incumbent fossil society.

The ‘Atmospheric Raft’ (1968) was an art work which proposed changing the world’s energy supply from fossil fuels to ‘atmospheric’ sources of the sun, wind, rain and ‘Energy Farms’.

Air Art introduced popular participation in architecture and the environment with the ‘Waterbed’ (1966), ‘Bouncy Castle’ (1966) and other ‘Pneumatic Environments’ (1966-72).

The opportunity of this new approach to environmental design with climate was bypassed by fossil societies worldwide, with a few notable exceptions such as the European solar energy demonstration programmes.

There is evidence that scientific societies for renewable energies set up around the world were actively undermined in their attempts to develop sustainable science and technology to replace dependence on fossil fuels.

The photographs in the exhibition show experimental air structures and environments as art works demonstrating that atmospheric energy could replace fossil fuels for most human activities; providing water, food, fuel, shelter and industrial raw materials for a sustainable economy.

Picture Credit: Desert Cloud, Graham Stevens©


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