Artist Jennifer Bolande uses billboards to advertise the very thing they so often distract us from. Set up between the Gene Autry Trail and Vista Chino in California, the installation not only draws drivers’ attention back to the natural landscape, in some instances the photos line up seamlessly with the real-life background. See more images from “Visible Distance / Second Sight” below or on display as part of Desert X until April 30.
Photos via Channel 4
Banksy’s latest art installation is a fully functional hotel where you can actually book a stay! Located in Bethlehem beside the cement barrier that separates Israel and Palestine, the Walled Off Hotel features things like the “worst view in the world” and barracks-style accommodations with complimentary earplugs and shared bathroom.
Of course, there’s also the option to stay in a guest room customized by the artist himself as well as other rooms outfitted by artists Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin (with more to follow). While a collection of notable contemporary Palenstinian artists will have their work on display in an additional gallery curated by historian and critic Ismal Duddera, the project is not aligned with any political movement. People from all sides of the conflict will be warmly welcomed and no fanaticism will be tolerated.
The hotel starts taking reservations March 11th and opens officially on March 20th. Click here for more information and check out more images below!
Another incredible snow drawing by artist Sonja Hinrichsen (previously featured here)! Made in the snow covering Lake Catamount in Colorado last year, the site-specific piece pays homage to the Yampa River which used to run through the valley.
Helped along by roughly 50 community participants, the group’s route not only coincided with the course of the original river, the abstract designs created from their tracks in the snow mimic the meandering flow of water. See more images of “Yampa River” below!
Artist Simon Gerbaud has created a series of animations involving the incremental destruction of various objects like shoes and hairdryers as well as larger things like refrigerators and shopping carts. While the stop motion creations are strangely satisfying to watch on their own, Gerbaud has used them in several interactive installations in the past.
At the XII Feria de las Calacas in Mexico in 2012, the footage was synched to audience activated sensors so that the objects would disappear (or reappear) according to people’s movements, noises or breathing in the room. Check out more images and video of Gerbaud’s fascinating work below!
Photos by Gabriel de la Chapelle
Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota’s latest site-specific installation is on display at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche in Paris. It features 150 boats suspended in the air as well as a large-scale floor exhibition involving a threaded wave through which visitors are invited to walk.
Composed of nearly 300,000 yards of intricately woven white yarn, the web-like installation is something of a purposeful mystery, provoking questions about our connections not just to each other, but to our past and future. See more images of “Where are we going?” below or on display until February 18th.
Spanish artist Javier De Riba spray paints floors of abandoned buildings and segments of pavement to look like traditional Catalan tiling. De Riba also happens to be a member of Reskate, the Barcelona-based art collective responsible for the series of inventive glow-in-the-dark murals we posted about recently (click here to check them out if you haven’t already).
Like Reskate’s affinity for projects that have a deeper meaning, the state of the buildings De Riba chooses to work (and the contrast it creates) is often as striking as the patterns themselves. See more images and video below!
Photographer Nicolas Rivals constructs a series of temporary light installations in various outdoor locations throughout Spain. Photographed at night, the long-exposure shots capture the tension between Rivals’ otherworldly constructions and the natural landscapes. See more images from “La Línea Roja” below.