The Inflatable Sculpture "THE VESSEL: AN INTERNAL EXPANSE by Sculptor Nicole Banowetz (USA)

project presentation

28.03.2015, 13:00-16:00 Saturday

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Program: [Art residence]

National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), North-Western Branch

March 28, 2015 (Saturday), 13.00 – 16.00


Presentation of the Inflatable Sculpture Made by Sculptor Nicole Banowetz (USA)

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Nicole Banowetz is a sculptor from the United States who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms. Nicole began sewing inflatables in 2010 and began designing and exhibiting her own unique creations in 2012. Artist’s website:

She designed and constructed a site specific sculpture during the month of March in Kronstadt while in residence with the NCCA. The city of Kronstadt inspired the form of this new inflatable sculpture. This sculpture will be on display on Saturday the 28th of March outdoors near the building of NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt.

“I create sewn inflatable sculpture. My forms are inspired by animal and plant life. When I looked at images of Kronstadt I imagined a form; half ship, and half sea creature. This form exists somewhere between machine and animal. The deflated white ghost like skin of this form sits nestled amongst the ruins of the fort or shipyards, inviting the viewer to enter. I want the viewer to enter into the skin of the form, physically stepping into the creature. While inside the form the outside world disappears and the viewer is enveloped in white. This void separates them from the landscape and the history of the place. The space is complexly disorienting, calm, and absent. The viewer is filled with the awe of such a disorienting space. The light filters through the fabric creating shadows and drawing attention to sewn cavities.” (Nicole Banowetz)

Address: Saint-Petersburg, Kronstadt, Yakornaya square, 2B

There are the following transport connections between Kronstadt and St Petersburg:

- about 50 min from Chernaya Rechka metro station: minibus 405 

- about 40 min from Prospekt Prosveshcheniya metro station: minibus 407 

- about 40 min from Staraya Derevnya metro station: minibus K-510

- about 40 min from Staraya Derevnya metro station: bus 101.

In Kronstadt, all buses and minibuses stop at the city centre at the corner of Grazhdanskaya Street and Prospekt Lenina near the Gostinny Dvor and the fountain. From this stop you should walk 15-20 min. towards The Naval Cathedral at Yakornya square. The residence is situated behind the Cathedral. See the map:

Tel. +7 (812) 311 62 28 (Art Residence in Kronstadt), +7 (812) 670 85 30 (NCCA office)



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