an extraordinary inflatable sculpture

A biomorphic sculpture made of 14,000 latex balloons spanning 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide.

The Museum is welcoming back artist Jason Hackenwerth, famous for his larger than life balloon designs resembling animals, insects and other worldly creatures. Crystal Cortex is his latest commission, which will hang in the Museum’s atrium through April 2018.

Hackenwerth will be our artist in residence in the Innovators LAB from January 7 – 15. Museum visitors will be able to watch the balloon sculpture being built and slowly raised to hang in the Museum’s large atrium. In addition, Hackenwerth will lead hands-on workshops for member families to introduce his practice.


Jason Hackenwerth at the Museum in 2010

Check out a workshop Jason led at our Museum back in 2010!

Who Made This?

Jason Hackenwerth received his MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 and Bachelor of Fine Art in printmaking from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. 1997. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world including the Solomon R Guggenheim New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the National Museums Scotland. Hackenwerth is a 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc. grant recipient. He currently lives and works in St. Petersburg FL.   This is Jason’s second collaboration with The New Children’s Museum, with his first being during the Animal Art exhibition in 2009 with four spectacular balloon structures that hung in the Museum’s atrium.

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Lower Level Renovations

We’re undergoing some renovations to our Lower Level. Please excuse any construction you may see or hear during your visit-current exhibit spaces will not be impacted.

Thank you for understanding!