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Whether you are a lover of contemporary art or not, there is no doubting the visual impact of art installations. But what are they, and what makes them so special?
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What is the purpose of installation art?
An art installation is actually a relatively new genre of contemporary art. They are usually the work of postmodern artists - but not always.
These forms of art can either be permanent or temporary.
As for their purpose, they tend to be used as an alternative to more traditional artwork. In this respect, viewers are able to enter, move around, and interact with it in a way not possible with paintings and sculptures.
Who started installation art?
Art installations came to prominence in around the 1970s. Many credit the start of this genre of art to Marcel Duchamp's work, and Kurt Schwitters' Merz art objects around this time.
But it should be noted that the philosophy behind this genre of artwork has been employed in the past. One notable example is the immersive experience of Theme Parks like Disneyland.
What is the difference between sculpture and installation?
Most laymen, to borrow a phrase, might actually consider the two a similar thing. But, in fact, they can be viewed as an inverse of one another.
"Sculptures are designed to be [viewed] from the outside as a self-contained arrangement of forms whereas, installations often envelop the viewer or the user in the space of the work." - hafilahamin.blogspot.com.
10 Examples of mind-blowing are installations
Now that you understand what they are, here are some great examples that will blow your mind.
1. The incredible GaiaMotherTree by Ernesto Neto
Artist Ernesto Neto created his GaiaMotherTree to "[explore] constructions of social space and the natural world by inviting physical interaction and sensory experience.” Viewers are invited to explore the structure inside and out.
2. Troll Hunt by Thomas Dambo is pretty cool
Thomas Dambo'sTroll Hunt is a fun take on the concept of an art installation. It comprises of around six 'sneaky' trolls situated around Illinois’ Morton Arboretum during the summer of 2018.
3. Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale) by StudioKCA
This 38-foot (11.5 m) Whale art installation by StudioKCA is pretty impressive. It is completely made of plastic waste and was installed as part of the Bruges Triennial in 2018.
4.Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama
'Narcissus Garden' by Yayoi Kusama is an old installation that was first displayed in 1966. It was designed to comment on the vanity and commercialization of contemporary art.
Its latest iteration, in 2018, was installed within an abandoned U.S. Miltary base in Fort Tilden.
5. Forest of Numbers by Emmanuelle Moureaux
The National Art Center in Tokyo recently hosted Forest of Numbers by Emmanuelle Moureaux for their 10th anniversary. It spanned 2000 m2 and was made up of over 60,000 numbers in 100 different colors.
6. THE RUBICON by Jason Decaires Taylor
'The Rubicon' is an art installation with a twist - it's completely submerged under the sea. Located in the world's first underwater contemporary art museum, Museo Atlantico is consists of hyperrealistic statues of people.
7. Hollow by Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye
"Hollow" is a great interactive art installation designed by Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye. Consisting of wood from over 10,000 species of trees, the wood is cut into planks and installed stalactite- and stalagmite-like on the walls, floors, and ceiling.
8. The Floating Piers by Christo
The Floating Piers by Christo is one of his greatest pieces of "land art". The installation consisted of a series of floating yellow paths that invited visitors to walk across the water at Sulzano, Italy.
9.Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku by Bruce Munro
Designed by British artist Bruce Munro, Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku is another fun art installation. Installed at Uluru, Australia, “looking at lots of beautiful lights” was on display until 2017.