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!
Ghanaian artist El Anatsui transforms typically discarded materials to create pieces that reflect his interest in reuse and reclamation. The collection currently on display at Jack Shainman’s The School in Kinderhook, NY until September 26, highlights Anatsui’s lesser known work in various forms. See more images below.