July 31, 2017

7 Environmentally Engaging Art Installations

Installations engage the natural environment, Edenic or endangered.

1. Designer: Michael Pinsky.

Project: Pollution Pods, Trondheim, Norway.

Standout: Each of five connected geodesic domes, in spruce and PVC, contained a simulated atmosphere progressing from the crisp air of Norway to polluted China.

Middle Fork by John Grade. Photography by Benjamin Benschneider.

2. Designer: John Grade.

Project: Middle Fork, Seattle.

Standout: A familiar form in the Pacific Northwest, an old-growth western hemlock was reproduced in cedar for the Seattle Art Museum’s lobby by Allied Works Architecture.

Installation #05 by CAAT Studio. Photography by Parham Taghioff.

3. Designer: CAAT Studio.

Project: Installation #05, Tehran, Iran.

Standout: Visitors to the extensive Mellat Park can reflect on their surroundings while cradled by steel cables that are stretched between arcs in painted steel.

Null Stern by Atelier für Sonderaufgaben. Photography by Claudio Baeggli.

4. Designer: Atelier für Sonderaufgaben.

Project: Null Stern, Gonten, Switzerland.

Standout: Adventurous guests can experience the Alps without interference by booking a “hotel room” dug into a grassy hillside and lined in larch.

Inside the Flower by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture and Janet Laurence. Photography by Leslie Ranzoni.

5. Designer: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture and Janet Laurence.

Project: Inside the Flower, Berlin.

Standout: The botanical structure of medicinal plants to be displayed inside a pavilion inspired its shape, built from stainless steel and plastic for the Internationale Garten Ausstellung.

The Flock by Bean Buro Limited. Photography courtesy of the designers.

6. Designer: Bean Buro Limited.

Project: The Flock, Hong Kong.

Standout: Bringing whimsy to industrial environs, pulsating LEDs housed in columns of powder-coated aluminum mesh welcome visitors to Kerry Logistics Network Limited.

Support by Lorenzo Quinn. Photography courtesy of the artist.

7. Designer: Lorenzo Quinn.

Project: Support, Venice.

Standout: Commenting on rising sea levels, monumental hands of polystyrene-covered steel emerge from the Grand Canal to grasp the 15th-century facade of the Ca’Sagredo Hotel.

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