Created on the roof top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, this bamboo installation will be open to the public now through October 31st, 2012. Standing at an outstanding 50 feet tall, this sculpture has interactive walkways offering an amazing scenic overlook of Central Park. The Starn brother’s used bamboo to create this “poetic jungle gym” because “it is alive”. The artists used over 3,000 pieces of bamboo and nylon rope to create this installation. The intent for this wave like sculpture is that it is constantly evolving, changing, growing. The color of the bamboo will deepen in color with sun exposure. Participation is encouraged for both climbers and adventurists.
Jeff Koons is an American sculptor born in 1955. His is a well-known artist and has shown his work in the United States, Germany, and London. His most popular work is his steel balloon animals. These sculptures have a high shine to mimic a Mylar balloon material. He makes references to pop culture and famous figures such as Elvis, the Hulk, and Popeye. Koons’ childish outlook on art is often labeled kitsch. His work mainly focuses on animals out of materials such as flowers, steel, plastic inflatables, and aluminum. Often his art mimics children’s toys. However, he does create collage like images using popular culture and oil paints. Koons’, “The New” collection features household appliances that have been displayed in Plexiglas.
Installation and nature artist Andy Goldsworthy was born in 1956. This British artist celebrates nature to create abnormal situations in the environment. He uses materials such as bark, snow, rock, clay, and stones. Throughout his work, Goldsworthy works with the land to create beautiful installations. The sculpture pictured, uses the transparency of snow to create a tunnel effect. Goldsworthy used a stick to carve away the snow to create layered concentric circles in the frozen snow. The light that passes through the sculpture gives the illusion of a glowing tunnel. Goldsworthy strived to work within the constraints of his environment. This particular sculpture took several tries before getting it just right. Several of Andy Goldsworthy’s other sculptures include, arches and walls made out of stone.
Brook Andrews is an artist that works in installations, sculpture, video and performance, and neon. This piece titles “Mountain Home” features what appears like a facade of a building with a red door on the opposite side. This sculpture is located in Urada, Japan. The title infers that this is a home or an entranceway to the mountains. Upon further investigation this is actually a building that houses more of Brook Andrews work. The extreme angle of the front wall creates an illusion that it is just one wall. Another one of Andrew’s installations, “The Cell” is a large red and white tent outside of a building. The tent resembles the structure exterminators use when bug bombing a house but the intense red and white pattern looks playful and circus like.
Christo met Jeanne-Claude in 1958 in Paris. The two artists share similar artistic visions and have worked together on many projects including “The Umbrellas” installation in Japan and the United States. According to the artists, “The Umbrellas, free standing dynamic modules, reflected the availability of the land in each valley, creating an invitational inner space, as houses without walls, or temporary settlements and related to the ephemeral character of the work of art.” Each umbrella was 19 feet 8 inches high and 26 feet 5 inches across. The installation span 12 miles in Japan and 18 miles in the USA. The umbrellas were spread out creatively among the spaces. The installations were installed in 1991 by over 1,800 workers and included 3,100 umbrellas.
Giancarlo Neri is an artist that currently lives in Rome and is not afraid of large scale sculptures. “Vincere si deve la sorte” is an installation he created in 2010 in Sicilia. The artist used lamps and chairs to create an interesting installation in what appears like the middle of nowhere. 1000 chairs were used each having their own light source. The chairs are scattered aimlessly around the space not facing in one particular direction. The chairs appear to be all white. From far away they look like stars on the hillside. The chairs sit on large concrete formations. These formations are separated by natural ground.
Outdoor Art Installations: Recycled Newspapers, Climbing Sculptures & Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Outdoor sculptures come in many forms and materials. Some are meant to sustain the elements, whereas others are either taken down or are naturally dissolved by the elements. The first installation created by the Spanish architectural collective Meva is an interesting take on traditional origami. Folded windmills created using newspaper are suspended independently on a mesh net. The installation itself uses the shadow created by the art to envelop the viewer below. The second installation is a series of figures and ladders created by Bill Starke. The ladders are attached to the building in a sporadic fashion. He ladder features a figure making their way up the ladder. The last installation discussed in this article is located in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Spanish artist Jaume Plensa has figures using letters and metal mesh. These outdoor sculpture encourage viewer interaction and exploration.
Jersey City has been attacked by an anonymous street artist. This particular artist uses recyclables to create interesting public art on street signs, in trees, and on telephone poles. The unusual nature of the trash allows the public to make inferences on why the artist chose to create this and who the artist is?
Leon Reid IV is an African American artist that studied in Brooklyn, NY and in London. This young contemporary artist has been commissioned in the United States, Europe, and South America. His past projects have focused on social topics such as the recession and race. His current projects are a bit more whimsical and are mainly public art installations. He creates tension by utilizing street signs to have human characteristics. Leon Reid IV uses Americanized props such as hats and shopping bags to disfigure famous figures. He is planning a project for the 2014 Halloween season that will take over the Brooklyn Bridge. “A Spider Lurks in Brooklyn” is giant installation that will shock and entertain viewers of all ages.
Florentijn Hofman is a Netherland sculptor. Like sculptor Jeff Koons, Hofman uses childlike themes in his work including animals, toys and monsters. The sculpture pictured is titled "Fat Monkey" and is created entirely out of inflatables and flip flops. Fat Monkey was a site specific sculptor created in Sao Paulo in 2010. This sculpture measures 5 x 4 x 15 meters. Hofman chose to use the flip flops to create an almost pixelated representation of this popular Brazilian icon. Florentijn Hofman is known for his big ideas and his big sculptures. He uses everyday objects for inspiration, such as a rubber ducky and a stuffed monkey. Other installations he has created involved painting parts of the city bright bold colors to reflect the artist’s less than serious personality. Hofman says that the public’s reaction to his work is often the most important aspect of creating the piece. He wants people to be engaged by his art and connected to other viewers.
Earlier this year in February, artists Sean Gallero and Petra Bachmaier utilized Anish Kappor’s well-known sculpture “Cloud Gate”. Using the mirror finish of this famous Chicago sculpture as well as sound installation, Sean and Petra were able to create experiences using the city backdrop and light projectors to bring this sculpture to life. The lights were meant to encourage viewers to interact and be engaged by the sculpture. According to the artists, “Luminous Field” was inspired by “Italian floor mosaics, the urban grid, pedestrian crosswalks, and geometric tessellations” (Gallero & Bachmaier).These artists have created a collaborate vision known as "Luftwerk". Other mixed media installations include "Flux" a feather installation in Las Vegas and "Mujifesto" a 5 plasma visual montage reflecting MUJI products . Most of their installations last for a period of 10 days.
This image is just a snippet of “The Sod Project” created by N.J. Lukanovich. This work is part of three total installations, each involving sod in unpredictable places. Lukanovich, Scott Cohen, and Roger Maddox set forth to create art using sod in an urban environment in Montreal. It all started with left over sod from a movie produced by Roger Maddox. Sod was used to enhance a crosswalk, a vacant asphalt lot, and a Metro car. The most successful according to the artist was covering a portion of asphalt adjacent to a concrete building with sod. Not only did this installation last the longest but the contrast between the lush sod and the hard materials surrounding it gave it an edge.
KnittaPlease, also known as Magda Sayeg has made it her mission to create a ‘Knitted Wonderland’ in Austin, Texas. Magda is a textile artist and the founder of the knit graffiti group ‘KnittaPLease’. Knit graffiti is about covering public places with knitted textiles. “99 Yarn Bombed Trees” is a fun installation that covered the trunks of trees with colorful knitwear. The bright colors help to focus the viewer’s attention on the building in the background. The warm colors also offer contrast to the cool green grass; helping the installation stand out even more. Over 170 volunteers helped to assemble this installation. This installation was a response to an exhibit at The Blanton Museum of Art. The exhibit concentrated on the playfulness of textiles and craft.
Donald Perdue creates monumental outdoor sculptures using but not limited to wood, bronze, aluminum, and synthetic stone. His style is reminiscent of Henry Moore. Perdue uses large organic shapes and abstract figures. This particular sculpture is titled, “Brookhollow Oracle” and measures 7’ x 11.5’ x 5’. The sculpture’s simple design and natural looking material help it blend in with its surroundings. These two separate pieces are positioned in order to create tension in the work. Perdue’s other work reflects clean line and simple forms and consistently uses a large scale.
Juliana Santacruz Herrera is a textile artist that used fabric to alter the streets of Paris. Filling potholes with twisted fabric is a unique way to highlight the natural flaws in the earth. The colorful fabric contrasted well with the gray and dingy colors of the street.
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