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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.