August 30, 2018

5 Giant Public Art Installations Deliver Form and Function

Giant public art installations deliver form and function.

1. Firm: Marc Fornes/TheVeryMany

Project: Marquise

Site: El Paso

Standout: At the entrance to the Westside Natatorium public pool, over 500 undulating aluminum shingles in a desert-water palette are punctuated by a pair of cast-in-place concrete elements, providing shade, shelter, and seating.

GaiaMotherTree by Ernesto Neto. Photography by Mark Niedermann.

2. Artist: Ernesto Neto

Project: GaiaMotherTree

Site: Zurich

Standout: Temporarily occupying Switzerland’s largest train station, some 30,000 feet of hand-knotted cotton strips spanning the site’s 65-foot height created a lounge, its perimeter secured by the sculptor’s signature spice-filled sacks.

Museum Garage by Nicolas Buffe; Clavel Arquitectos; J.Mayer.H und Partner, Architekten; K/R Architect; and WORKac. Photography by Miguel de Guzman/ImagenSubliminal.

3. Firms: Nicolas Buffe; Clavel Arquitectos; J.Mayer.H und Partner, Architekten; K/R Architect; and WORKac

Project: Museum Garage

Site: Miami

Standout: K/R’s co-founder Terence Riley masterminded this ambitious Design District project, commissioning architects and an artist to wrap the seven-story cast-concrete structure housing 800 cars in museum-worthy facades.

Constellation of Stargazing Tea Rooms by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects. Photography Fumio Araki.

4. Firm: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

Project: Constellation of Stargazing Tea Rooms

Site: Bisei, Japan

Standout: At night, astronomy enthusiasts revel in this galaxy of painted larch-plywood volumes fitted with polygonal apertures; by day, it’s a stellar setting for performances, child’s play, and of course tea.

Belzberg Architects office by Belzberg Architects and Tommii Lim. Photography by Art Gray.

5. Firm: Belzberg Architects and Tommii Lim

Project: Firm’s own office murals

Site: Los Angeles

Standout: Hagy Belzberg–led architects and artist collaborated on four hand-painted murals that employ precision and forced perspective to create the illusion of projected images, giving the studio major street presence—and cred.

> See the slideshow for more images from each installation

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