In order to explore and address emission-free flight methods, balloon flight experiments are carried out on selected open spaces in Munich. Part of the action are air-filled solar sculptures powered by solar heat, infrared earth radiation and wind.


Type of intervention: Action
Project character: art / event
Topic: sustainable mobility / citizen science / environmental rights / open source technologies / atmospheric sciences / biogeography
Project goal: discourse start / catalyst

Project location: Munich; possibly Theresienwiese, Olympiapark, Panzerwiese, Ostpark
Project dimension: unknown

Project period: summer months 2019
Project duration: 2 to 4 months
Project frequency: probably one-time events
Project timeline: in planning

Open space type: large open spaces without trees, buildings and overhead power lines.
Ownership: public land
Accessibility: not restricted

Client*s: Department of Culture, City of Munich // Administration
Creators of the project: Tomás Saraceno, Aerocene Foundation // artists, non-profit organization
Project partners: various Munich institutions such as ERES Foundation, Stadtteilkultur 2411, BUND (Friends of the Earth, Germany), CLIENTEARTH, Munich Makerlab, erfindergarden, Tollwood Festival, Museum Mensch und Natur, Pinakothek der Moderne, Deutsches Museum, Rachel CarsonCenter for Environment and Society, LMU, ...
Further actors: unknown

Commissioned) budget: Department of Culture, City of Munich
Funding: unknown
Own funds: unknown

Planning context ☆☆☆☆☆
Thematic planning context:
"Aerocene" addresses mobility in airspace that completely eliminates the use of fossil fuels." The Citizen Science art project explores sustainable alternatives of locomotion for a "future sustainable and emission-free "air age" considering the issues of freedom of travel for all, environmental rights, open-source technologies, atmospheric science, biogeography, and more.

Spatial Planning Reference:
Comparable projects have been realized in Barcelona and in the salt deserts of Argentina, among others. This background, as well as the pre-selection of Munich open spaces for the experiments, illustrates that large undeveloped, multi-coded open spaces may need to be available for future infrastructures.

Research sources
City of Munich, 2019. art in public space;
- Realization of the intervention "Aerocene Munich" by Tomás Saraceno. Session Paper No. 14-20 / V 13693. URL: (21 Jun. 2019).
City of Munich, n.d. Aerocene Munich. Realization of Tomás Saraceno's art project decided. URL: (21.06.2019)
Landeshauptstadt München, o.J.b. Project brief Munich signs the Independence from Fossil Fuels (working title) Aerocene Foundation., 21.06.2019)Aeroscene, 2019. url: )21.06.2019)

Author*s Profile
Melissa Apolaya, Gero Engeser, Robert Rothe, Victoria Wakulicz.

Interventions - Container Collective: Neville and Robinson; This is not a chip shop: T. Mühlbach + A. Höhne/halle6; Alte Utting: Alte Utting GmbH; Giesinger Grünspitz: Green City e.V. + TUM DesignBuild, photo: J. Nefzger; Piazza Zenetti: raumzeug

Editorial revision
Johann-Christian Hannemann, Felix Lüdicke, Julia Treichel