Summertime: Outdoor Art

One of the cool things about art is the varied forms it comes in. Traditional paintings, sculpture, live art … the list is endless. I came across these pictures of outdoor art installations on Architectural Digest and just had to share. These pieces seem larger than life. There are so many different perspectives to experience them from.

Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer

I remember following this story as this 340 ton granite boulder made a slow, at night, 105 mile journey to its place at the LACMA. I’d love to be able to walk around and under it like the visitors shown in the picture.

The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms by Michael Jones McKean

All my life I have shouted “there’s a rainbow” when I see one just after a rain storm. In this piece Michael Jones McKean captures that emotion as he creates a rainbow twice a day using captured rainwater in Omaha, Nebraska.

Joana Vasconcelos Versailles

At first glance, this pieces looks like a tall, out-of-place structure situated on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. It is actually a 30 foot structure comprised of thousands of LED-lit champagne bottles. A nod to the extravagance of the reign of Marie Antoinette.

Doing Nothing Garden by Song Dong

I love the message to consider consumption and waste conveyed in this piece installed in Germany. It is a 23 foot high “mountain” made of garbage, topped with sod covered in neon Chinese characters that spell “Doing” and “Nothing”.

Color Jam by Jessica Stockholder

I love this lively piece in Chicago. How fun would it be to walk through that intersection every day!

How I Roll by Paola Pivi

This piece in New York City provides ongoing entertainment as a Piper Seneca is held in the air and rotates and flips steadily throughout the day. I wonder how loud it is?

Have you experienced any cool outdoor art installations in your neighbourhood this summer?

all images via Architectural Digest


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Sarah is constantly ReDesigning things. From ReDesigning spaces for others or ReDesigning herself from corporate operations whiz into interior decorator and blogger – it’s all about ReDesign.

Posted on July 19, 2012, in Blog Posts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wow those ideas are amazing! Now….how to get that large rock into my garden? Wow!!!

  2. Great post!

  3. Great summary. I love outdoor art. It can be overly abstract at times but I still enjoy it.

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