Installations

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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.

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Yayoi Kusama covers the City Gallery Wellington with her dots

Dots for Love and Peace (2009) was one of only three temporary public art projects worldwide designed by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. It was installed on the exterior architecture of the City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand. Dots for Love and Peace is an intense and unexpected public artwork and reflects Kusama’s obsessive interest in

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What is Yvette Mattern’s global rainbow?

Global Rainbow, After the Storm is a monumental outdoor laser installation by American artist Yvette Mattern, viewable to millions of New Yorkers. Organized in response to Hurricane Sandy, the artist projected seven beams of high power laser light over communities hit hard by the storm, originating on Manhattan’s Lower West Side and spanning across Brooklyn

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Elmgreen & Dragset’s Short-Cut looks like an accident scene

Berlin-based artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset have carved their career out of fixation with objects and their settings and what happens when those particular objects are recontextualized in the name of art. In this instance, the duo was commissioned by Fondazione Nicola Trussardi to create a large-scale installation for Milan’s quintessential shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio

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Why did Michael Lin install a complete house on a roof in Shanghai?

Model Home – A Proposition by Michael Lin was an exhibition of new conceptual work, made by Michael Lin. For the exhibition, he installed a temporary structure on top of the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China. The exhibition has been created in collaboration with building workers, furniture makers and musicians, filmmakers, and urban studies

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Dave Cole’s Knitting Machine is producing a gigantic American flag

In 2005, MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) presented a monumental and uniquely American sculptural installation by Providence-based sculptor Dave Cole. For Cole’s industrial-sized project The Knitting Machine, he used two excavators and replaced their shovels with telephone poles, fitting them with massive 6 meters (20 ft.) knitting needles. This giant machine produced an

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Paola Pivi’s How I Roll – Air plane rotates in New York’s Central Park

For two months, a small airplane was rotating 24 hours a day in summer 2012 in Central Park, New York. Previous works by Paola Pivi have also featured large machines, including an overturned tractor-trailer and a helicopter placed upside down. How I Roll by Paola Pivi, situated at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, marked the

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Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Trees covers entire buildings in New York

In celebration of Yayoi Kusama’s past retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art earlier in 2012, two off-site projects took place. In one of them, Kusama’s rhythmic dotted “Yellow Tree motif transformed a construction site in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan into a giant canvas. A detail of the original painting Yellow Trees (1994)

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Wilfredo Prieto’s Apolítico – Stripping iconic flags of their familiar color

Apolítico, created in 2001 by Cuban artist Wilfredo Prieto (1978), was a collection of 45 flags from different countries around the world. Prieto chose the countries based on the fact they were all recognized by the United Nations. In an interesting twist, the artist stripped the color from the flags and kept the abstract and

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Impressive photos of Tokyo’s Hotaru Firefly festival on Sumida river

Fireflies have become a rare sight in Japan. Once they used to glow their low light all over the country in the summer time but now they have become an uncommon sight even in rural areas. Last month 100,000 LED lights floated down through Tokyo’s city centre on the Sumida river mimicking a stream of

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What do you think about Robert Montgomery’s poem billboards?

Robert Montgomery is a Scottish/British artist, poet, and sculptor famous for his site-specific billboards that are created from light and text, and also fire poems. Montgomery is also the associate publisher of Dazed & Confused. His works border melancholic post-situationist tradition. The artist believes that art should be taken out of galleries and be placed

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Magdalena Jetelová’s domesticated pyramids fill up museums

Czech installation artist Magdalena Jetelová has made a name for herself in the world of conceptual land art, and the Domestication of Pyramids is hands down her most spectacular work in this art form. Even though she is also well known for her light contraptions and visualizations of nature and landscapes, the Pyramids remain the

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Cyprien Gaillard’s Recovery of discovery – A beer pyramid

Cyprien Gaillard is a French modern artist born in 1980 in the capital of France, Paris. Currently, he lives and works between New York and Berlin. His work oscillates between minimalism, romanticism, vandalism, and land art. Influences Land art artist Robert Smithson created and advocated the concept of entropy. This concept, the idea of disorder

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Artist David Bowen helps you experience waves in a museum

This installation by David Bowen draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy Station 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20″ W) on the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency are scaled and transferred to

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Cyprien Gaillard’s massive neon sculpture of an Indian overlooks Berlin

The mascot of the American baseball team Cleveland Indians, popularly known as Chief Wahoo, is as highly recognized as it is controversial. That makes Cyprien Gaillard’s (b. 1980) installation on top of Haus der Statistik, an abandoned government building in Alexanderplatz, Berlin, a headline magnet. At times, the arbitrariness of what symbolic icons can make

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