Installations

Art installations are three-dimensional works of art that are meant to transform the viewer’s perception of space. They fall under an artistic genre of contemporary art and can be temporary or permanent, often designed to become an alternative reflection to more traditional art forms.

Art installations gained initial traction in the 1970s, with the ranks of Kurt Schwitters and Marcel Duchamp at the forefront of this contemporary art genre. With engineering elements incorporated into the art, these works transform into an immersive experience the viewer could enjoy in both physical and visual sense.

Roman Ondák’s Measuring the Universe – 90,000 people created this artwork

Conceptual artists, particularly in Europe, have a rather exceptional and extremely rich history that spans decades. Nowadays, conceptual art is still one of the most prominent art movements. In the early days, conceptual art did not play a prominent scene and would often thrive as an underground movement. Although artists have been experimenting with …

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Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons in Chicago – His largest mosaic work

Chicago is a bustling city with numerous buildings. In the midst of all the bustle is one magnificent landmark: Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons mosaic. Located in front of the Chase Tower Plaza, the mosaic spans over a 70-feet (21-meter) length and wraps around a rectangular support. In its dazzling display, themes of nature emerge …

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Ernesto Neto’s Gaia Mother Tree crochet work & 420kg of spices

In 2018, the atrium of Zurich’s main station basked in the glory of a giant, colorful installation by the Brazilian contemporary artist Ernesto Neto. The huge Amazon tree-like sculpture stretched from the ceiling to the floor of the Swiss central station, helping set the mood and brighten the travelers’ spirit. It is the star …

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Benjamin Vautier’s gigantic Wall of Words at the Fondation du doute

The Wall of Words by French artist Benjamin Vautier (b. 1935) is one of the most visited attractions in Blois, France. Ben was commissioned to develop the wall, which consists of paintings/writings that he has been creating since the 1960s. The artworks have been applied to 313 enameled plaques that have then been placed …

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Olimpiiska – One of Kyiv’s most intriguing metro stations

The Olimpiiska Station, located in Kyiv, Ukraine, stands in the same spot as the former Ploshchad Lev Tolstoy station. It is a part of the third section of the Kurenevsko-Krasnoarmeyskaya line and was launched just 12 months after the commissioning of the second section. Most of the stations that were built on the Obolon …

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Jeanne Gang’s massive Hive at the National Building Museum

What was it? “Hive” refers to an installation featured during the annual Summer Block Party series hosted by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. It featured an excess of 2500 meshing paper tubes that formed a set of 3 intersected, domed acoustic chambers. Inside the acoustic chambers, visitors could interact with the drum-like tubes …

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Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth – A giant crack in Tate Modern

What was it? Shibboleth was an installation piece designed and completed by celebrated Colombian artist Doris Salcedo at the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern Museum in London. Before Salcedo created the installation itself, she created digital renderings on real photos of the Turbine Hall floor. The artist then printed the rendering before presenting them …

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A floating pavilion in Taipei – By Shen Ting Tseng Architects

The Floating Pavilion The Floating Pavilion was a temporary structure exhibited at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum Plaza, Taiwan, in 2016, as the winning design in the annual competition to build pavilions at different spaces in the TFAM complex. The pavilion was designed by Shen Ting Tseng Architects to add vitality to the plaza, which …

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The 10 best artworks you missed at Art Basel Unlimited 2021

The return of in-person exhibitions at Art Basel has echoed a huge sigh of relief across the art community. Its 2021 edition was originally slated for June but had to be put off until September to give countries across the globe more time to carry out their vaccination campaigns and lift travel restrictions. With …

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Joseph Beuys’ ambitious plan to plant 7000 oaks

7000 Oaks 7000 Oaks is an environmental artwork created by German artist Joseph Beuys. The artist proposed a plan to have 7000 oaks trees planted across the Germany city of Kassel, each tree accompanied with basalt stone, 4 feet high above the ground. Joseph Beuys’ objection was for the project to extend throughout the world …

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Sher Maker transformed a boring gas station into this ..

Renovation of a gas station Creatives find inspiration from some of the most uninspiring sources. Many of them find ideas from looking at others’ creations. Architects are in this category too. They get their creative juices running from some of life’s regular occurrences. A gas station is the last place you would expect to see …

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Light artist Bruce Munro’s magical Cantus Arcticus

Who is Bruce Munro? Bruce Munro is one of the most prominent light artists. Over the years, he has demonstrated an uncanny ability to produce intriguing work in traditional surroundings. More importantly, he has come up with several top-notch productions, including his latest creation – Cantus Arcticus. In this article, we examine the qualities that …

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