If you are an art or design enthusiasts when it comes to visiting astonishing installations, then this is a good year for you. All around the world, there’s a wide variety of gravity-defying installations as well as remarkable sculptures that worth having a look at mostly due to their infatuating structures and meaningful appeal. Today, Design Build Ideas will show you 8 amazing outdoor art and design installations that one ought to visit this year.
The Constellation by Ralph Helmick (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
This monumental public artwork is a national tribute to the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Ralph Helmick, a skilled sculptor from Boston collaborated with DPA Lighting to give form to a unique and intricate celestial installation that is comprised of over 1,300 geometric shapes.
Address: The Founder’s Memorial, Intersection of Abu Dhabi Corniche and 18th Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE
JEM by Eness (Brisbane, Australia)
The Australian interdisciplinary practice, Eness was responsible for the design of JEM, an utterly interactive space located at the heart of the Flowstate art center, in Brisbane, Australia. The installation has the purpose of being a space for contemplation and calmness. It highlights 32 LED-lines arms, multi-colored lighting phrases, rhythmic sounds and plush crochet beds. According to Eness, “JEM is here to unify people through a shared experience. We’re excited to see how people rest, dream and play in this rare space.”
Address: Flowstate, The Arbour, Tribune Street, Brisbane, Australia
The Manchester Lamps by Acrylicize (Manchester, UK)
This beautiful piece was designed by Acrylicize and features five sculptural lamps that were placed in the city center of Manchester. Each design represents a different style, including the Art Nouveau design movement, the Art Deco, Mid-century, Victorian and Contemporary. These sculptures were designed to pay tribute to the industrial history of the region.
Address: Piccadilly Place, Manchester, UK
Will Ryman’s Outdoor Sculptures (Paris, France)
In Parc de la Villette in France, design and art enthusiasts are able to spot marvellous sculptures from American sculptor, Will Ryman, including imperfect sulphur-yellow “heads” that recall Gongshi, which are ancient Chinese scholars’ rocks as well as an elaborated labyrinth in primary-colored resin slabs which was inspired by the Pac-Man game.
Address: Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
“Smog Free Tower” by Studio Roosegaarde (Kraków, Poland)
This pop-up exhibition was the product of a partnership between ING Bank Śląski SA and Roosegaarde Studio. Located in the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Kraków, this installation was designed to connect people, technology and space as well as improving the quality of life in urban environments.
Address: Park Jordana, Aleja 3 Maja 11, 30-062 Kraków, Poland
Jacob’s Ladder by Gerry Judah (Makarau, New Zealand)
Made from 480 lengths of steel, Jacob’s Ladder was a magnificent project conceived by Gerry Judah and acts as a sort of connection between earth and heaven. “Each layer is slightly different in length and size, so the sculpture appears to shift and rotate, producing the final gracefully curving shape – despite the components themselves all being straight steel sections. Despite its physical rigidity, the sculpture evokes both a hurricane and smoke billowing from a fire, appearing to blow in the wind.”
Address: Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, 2421 Kaipara Coast Hwy, Makarau 0984, New Zealand
Ice Breakers (Toronto, Canada)
Ice Breakers consists of a series of installations located across the city’s waterfront. After a fierce competition, these are some of the remarkable projects that visitors can see within the premises: Winter FanFare by Thena Tak from Vancouver and Root Cabin by Liz Wreford and Peter Samson of Public City Architecture. They all fall under the theme of constellations.
Address: HTO Park West, 375 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 1A2, Canada
Wind Sculpture (SG) I by Yinka Shonibare (New York, USA)
The British-Nigerian artist has recently developed a unique Wind sculpture installation in New York City. The 23ft tall fiberglass piece was presented by Public Art Fund and was created as an attempt to “playfully sculpt the impossible”. The colorful and multi-layered hand-painted sculpture features tones of turquoise, red and orange in order to recall the childhood of Shonibare, more precisely the beaches of Lagos.
Address: Doris C Freedman Plaza, access via southeast entrance, Central Park, New York, US
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