“La Isla Plastica” (or “The Plastic Island”) is a giant, 32 x 49 foot glowing sculpture that floats in the Cascais Bay in Portugal. Luzinterruptus, the guerilla art group responsible, hopes the installation will draw attention to the ever-growing issue of ocean pollution in a way that can’t be ignored. See more images below!
São Paulo-based artist duo Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga (a.k.a. VJ Suave) have come up with a unique way to showcase their drawings, animations, and poetry on the streets. These audiovisual tricycles, or “Suaveciclos,” are fully equipped with speakers and projectors that operate in real-time, allowing them to interact with the specific audiences and backdrops they come across. See more images and video below!
Gorgeous installation by Karel Burssens and Jeroen Verrecht (a.k.a. 88888). “Untitled” is basically a 40′ x 4′ hole in a pond surrounding the Horst medieval castle in Belgium. The structure keeps the surrounding water at bay and lights up, creating a celestial feel at night. The project was unveiled at the Horst Art and Music Festival and will be on display until October 11. See more images below!
“The Peristal Singum” is a large-scale installation by German artist, Tim Henrik Schneider. The interactive project spans ten different chambers that visitors must walk, climb, and crouch through. Of course, the physical challenges of navigating the space are entirely intentional.
Mimicking the human digestive system, “Peristal Singum” is a response to how quickly (and dismissively) art tends to be consumed. According to Schneider, “the physical experience of art is the only way people will start to self-reflect.” The labyrinthine layout is meant to force people to take their time and really engage with the art that surrounds them.
The installation opens at the Aus Berlin Festival in Tilburg on November 28th. See below for images from the original Berlin show.
Paris-based artist Baptiste Debombourg’s “Stellar” is, basically, 1200 chairs arranged to look like a rollercoaster. But what makes the installation even more hilarious is that it’s on display in Place du Bouffay, an area populated with cafés with chairs of the same design (and from which Debombourg drew his inspiration). See more images below!
Peruvian artist Iván Sikic addresses the growing income gap through an installation involving 99 balloons, one gilded brick, and 7000 thumbtacks. While events like Occupy Wallstreet brought the fact that 1% of the population controls the majority of the world’s wealth into the mainstream, Sikic aims to keep that conversation going. “It’s My Party and I Do What I Want To” is cheeky but it’s the kind of poking fun that draws attention to the sheer ridiculousness of that reality and what it means for the rest of the 99%. More images below.
“Becoming Aerosolar” by Argentinian artist, Tomás Saraceno, is currently on view at the 21er Haus art museum in Vienna through August 30th. The installation is basically a giant plastic bag made up of thousands of recycled plastic bags that floats into the sky, air-balloon style, when heated by the sun. Like much of Saraceno’s work, this piece draws attention to human ingenuity as well as our ability to impact the environment and atmosphere that surrounds us. More images below!