There are a lot of art installments that I just don’t understand. I saw one here locally that was a giant room with pieces of yarn strung from one corner to another. That’s it. Yarn. Corner to corner. I’ve seen others that are pretty cool, the Indianapolis Museum of Art has a thick glass floor that is held up by thousands of tiny figures with upturned palms. I’m never the one to stand back and say “My kid could do that” or “What the…?” because this is someone’s life work. I may not understand it, but I can at least respect it. I try really hard to expose my daughter to very different kinds of art, especially contemporary, and while she may not understand everything that goes into them either, she has a good eye for what’s cool and what’s really, really cool.
Thousands of Cars 1 of 4Imagine taking 2,500 toy cars (I'm sure I have at least half that under my couches) and composing them into a giant rainbow swirl. That's exactly what UK artist David T. Waller did with his art installation Cars Atlas-Rainbow.
Photo Credit: David T. Waller
Thousands of Tiny People 2 of 4Here in the Indianapolis Museum of Art you can stand on a glass floor held up by hundreds of tiny people. The piece, titled Floor, was commissioned by the museum from Korean artist Do-Ho Suh. Photo Credit: Lehmann Maupin
Thousands of Stickers 3 of 4Artist Yayoi Kusama constructed and all white room at the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia and titled it the Obliteration Room, over the course of two weeks children visiting the museum were invited to stick small round stickers anywhere and everywhere they could. The result makes me rethink the whole "no stickers on the furniture rule."
Photo Credit: Stuart Addelsee
thousands of toothpicks. 4 of 4Thirty five years ago artist Scott Weaver set out to make a sculpture of San Francisco composed entirely of toothpicks. 100,000 toothpicks from all over the world and a third of a decade later, Weaver's masterpiece can be found at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. As if the sculpture weren't enough, this video shows Scott sending ping pong balls through his sculpture as they travel through trolley cars and down Lombard Street.
Photo Credit: The Tinkering Studio
Have you seen any spectacular art installments lately?