Giant floating head appears over Tokyo


Low Jia Ying | July 22, 2021, 12:40 PM

A giant floating head appeared over downtown Tokyo on July 16, confusing the city's residents.

According to PR Times, the floating head hovered over Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo between 6am to 8pm last Friday.

The giant head turned out to be a floating hot air balloon and part of an art exhibition by contemporary art team "me" and the Tokyo metropolitan government, according to the The Yomiuri Shimbun.

The artwork, titled Masayume, is based off the likeness of a real person, chosen from a pool of 1,000 applicants in a "face collection workshop" held in 2019.

The identity of the chosen face was not announced.

Haruka Kojin, an artist from the team, came up with the idea from a dream she had while in junior high school, reports the PR Times.

According to Japanese media, Kenji Minamikawa of "me" said he hoped that by seeing the giant face, people will "reflect on the meaning of humans coexisting".

Top photo by 津島岳央 via PR Times