Art, Design

Outdoor Art

This is my final instalment (I promise) of what has been a veritable art week here on Red Nails. To recap: we had dirty nerds here and Gerhard Richter here and though it would make sense to stagger these and get some sort of editorial calendar going, I’m too excited about the below to you know, wait. And disorganised.

It all started with the following photos, as flagged by Nicole Belopotosky, of Theresa Himmer’s magical (and, let’s face it, sequinned) Glacier #01 and Volcano #01. They got me thinking about other visually stunning outdoor art that I’ve seen and liked – installations that aren’t just arresting and grand, but are whimsical, beautiful and fun too and below are the pieces I came up with. These compliment, rather than jar, with their respective backgrounds – be it the snowy landscapes of the Alps, or a busy road crossing in Berlin – and so add to the area, rather than just exist on a plinth. Which is really what great public art is meant to do.

The colourful projects in particular remind me of two of my favourite Sony adverts – including those bouncing balls in San Francisco – which I’ve put at the bottom of this post for your viewing pleasure.

{Theresa Himmer, Glacier #01, Iceland 2008}

{Theresa Himmer, Volcano #01, Iceland 2008}

{Theresa Himmer, Volcano #01, Iceland 2008}

{Janet Echleman, 1.26, Denver Art Museum, 2010 – sourced here}

{Janet Echleman, 1.26, Denver Art Museum, 2010}

{Filippo Minelli, Shapes/Ongoing, Europe, 2010-11 – sourced here}

{Filippo Minelli, Shapes/Ongoing, Europe, 2010-11}

{Filippo Minelli, Shapes/Ongoing, Europe, 2010-11}

{Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate, Chicago 2006 – questionable photography skills courtesy of me}

{David Cerný, Metalmorphosis, Charlotte, North Carolina 2011 – sourced here}

{David Cerný, Metalmorphosis, Charlotte, North Carolina 2011}

{IEPE, Painting Reality, Rosenthaler Platz, Berlin 2011 – sourced here}

{IEPE, Painting Reality, Rosenthaler Platz, Berlin 2011}

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