Tag Archives: Installation

Balloon Sculptures by Hans Hemmert

Hans Hemmert is known for balloon sculptures, which are crammed into unlikely places or represent something as serious as a tank to something as whimsical as a balloon house. Also be sure to check out the timelapse video below of one of his installations.

Photos via here and here.

Celestial Creations

Christopher Bucklow is the artist behind these psychedelic photographs that resemble glowing mirages. A complex process was required to create this series, entitled “Guest”: “The artist’s technique incorporates two simple and ancient artistic methods, pinhole photography and tracing the human shadow. The process begins with the artist outlining his subjects’ shadows on a large sheet of aluminum. He then applies pin-holes within the traced figure outline, which is in turn used as the camera’s lens, he mounts the foil onto a home-made camera with color photo paper mounted on the back of the camera. Different intensities of sunlight, time of day and exposure give each piece a variation in light and color. The result is a magical, celestial-like standing figure that looks as if it is emerging from the atmosphere.”

Words via here. You can view more photos from this set along with Bucklow’s other work on his website.

Bright Beams

Studio Roso, the brainchild of Danish artists Sophie Nielsen and Rolf Knudsen, is the design house behind this installation at Clarks Shoes Headquarters in England. 2 imaginary beams of light reflect off of the walls of the courtyard; each beam is comprised of 7,500 discs and 36 vertical wires. The space itself was meant to be a part of the installation; the courtyard was painted white while the bottom was recovered with black asphalt. Situated in the heart of the headquarters, employees see the installation everyday as it changes with the light of the moment.

Photos via. You can also visit Studio Roso’s website.

Bathroom with a View

Monica Bonvicini is the creator of “Don’t Miss a Sec”, an outdoor toilet made with one-way glass, enabling the user to see outside but blocking surrounding passerby from seeing the person inside the toilet. Bonvicini purposely placed it across from the Tate Britain museum, as the work “relates to the urge, during big art events where so much is about “see and be seen,” to not miss anything. At any big art event, everyone needs a bathroom at some point. If you use the work for it, you are still able to see the next art work, who is passing by, who is talking with whom, and who is wearing what. At the same time, you can literally show your ass to them.” Additionally, the toilet serves to question which aspects of our lives we prefer to be private or public, and how we feel when those lines are blurred. As you look through the photos and watch the video below, ask yourself – would you use this toilet?

Photos via here and here. You can see more of Bonvicini’s work here.

Singapore’s Supertrees

Aptly nicknamed the “Supertrees”, these stunning structures are the first part of Singapore’s “Garden by the Bay” project,  a 250-acres long green initiative costing 750 million USD, which some say is the government’s attempt to make Singapore “the botanical capital of the world”. A 22 meters (7 stories) high walkway links the trees for the visitors to enjoy the 200,000 species of plants hanging off of the trunks and decorating the surrounding ground. In addition to their aesthetic value, the trees are also extremely environmentally conscious as they collect rainwater and provide shade for the aforementioned plants as well as provide energy for the park lights and watering system from the energy absorbed by their solar panels. Singapore is, without a doubt, succeeding in its mission to evolve from a “City Garden” to a “City in a Garden”.

Pictures via here.

Art au Naturel

1,700 people participated American artist Spencer Tunick’s adaptation of Richard Wagner’s “der ring des nibelungen”, or The Ring. The work, a live sculptural performance, was created for the commencement of Munich’s 2012 opera season. Naked volunteers were painted red or gold and continuously directed to move or be stationary to execute his vision. Tunick has been creating live, nude works since 1992, challenging the belief that nudity must always be sexual along with changing the way the public views and interacts with art in a public space. Pictures are below along with a video (skip to :21)!

The Ring was organized and photographed by Max-Joseph Platz and commissioned by the Bavarian State Opera. Pictures via here and here. You can view more of Tunick’s installations on his website.

Sentimental Sugar

For her latest clever creation, Brooklyn-based Julia Chiang used Ring Pops to write messages on a wall. As the gallery lights heat the art, the Ring Pops melt, streaking the walls with color and enhancing the installation.

Pictures via here, here, and here. Click here to see more of Chiang’s work.

Melted Mirrors

Rikako Nagashim, art director of Hakuhodo advertising agency, and acrylic designer Hideto Hyoudou created these mirrors, aptly titled Mizukagami (water) mirrors. In a surreal twist on interior design, the mirrors appear to be melting or dripping off of walls, tables, and floors. Hakuhodo’s mission statement provides insight into the creative minds of the artists, stating that “the times we live in call for innovation…the pursuit of innovation allows us to break through the experience of the everyday…to move beyond the achievements of yesterday…to inspire greatness tomorrow.”

Pictures via. You can also view Hyoudou’s other work here.

Nature at Night

Lee Eunyeol is the creator of these lighted landscapes, composed of elements from night and day due to his planting of lights around common nature scenes. On his work, Eunyeol says that “Starry Night expresses private spaces given by night and various emotions that are not able to be defined and described in the space…Unified light from these two spaces generates a mysterious landscape.

Photos via here and here; unfortunately Eunyeol doesn’t have a website yet.

Bouncing Bubbles

Renée Reijnders and Merijn Hos created this fun installation, which they call “Bubblegum”, on the waters of Almere, a town in the Netherlands. The bubbles float and dance on the water, and LED lights are inserted inside them at night to create an equally whimsical vision. Discussing her work, Reijnders says that her art “is not only for myself. I want to show something beautiful, a vision or interaction. My sculptures and other projects are mostly for public spaces. Art can be used and is not only meant for watching.”

Photos via Reijnders’ website, Hos’ website, and here.