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The possibility of everything curated by Dominique Fontaine

Walk among Worlds, 2011
Photo: Ivan Buenader

Suitable for all ages

Walk among Worlds, 2013

Máximo González - Mexico City, Mexico


In this immersive installation the artist explores the effects of light and lightness, while reflecting on the political divisions of the world.

The piece is composed of 7,000 beach balls printed to resemble globes; each of these representing one million of the inhabitants of the planet. The globes, made of a petroleum derivative, require the introduction of human breath to give them their geoidal shape. They come in three different sizes, alluding to the concepts of “first” and “third world.”

Although they are educational tools, they also have a playful quality, but rough handling can lead to their destruction. All the globes were manufactured in China, today generally considered to be the “world’s factory.”

A tour of Walk among Worlds is a contemplative journey to the center of the Earth, which may lead to a reformulation of our understanding of it. The world is an accumulation of parallel worlds; some more visible than others, some closer or more distant, but all part of the same organic vital structure.

Máximo González, an Argentine artist who lives and works in Mexico City, is a visual art teacher. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the Americas, including Máximo González: Playful, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; Poetics of the Handmade, MOCA, Los Angeles; Transitions, Artpace San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; Mexicanisimo, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; and The Tree: From the Sublime to …, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada. He is the founder of Changarrito Project.


Ogden Junior Public School

33 Phoebe Street (East of Spadina Avenue)

This project is outdoors.