Many appear to have emerged out of the natural landscape or pre-existing surroundings as if they just grew overnight. As such, happening upon them by accident is sometimes the best way to see them, because their presence is so unexpected. Here are a few of the many artist-made wonders of the world that are sure to make you stop and stare.
Heartbeat By Charles Pétillon
Heartbeat is a massive balloon display in London’s Covent Gardens that was revealed on August 27th of this year. It’s comprised of 100,000 ballons, and it took 20 people inflating balloons over five days to achieve. A gentle light pulsates inside the installation to mimic a heartbeat.
Diminish And Ascend By David McCracken
This “stairway to heaven” design was created out of aluminum, and it is about 30 feet in length and 16.5 feet in height. Created as part of the annual event known as Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia in 2013, it was one of the most eye-catching pieces to date.
Umbrella Sky Project By Sextafeira Produceos
This annual project started back in 2012, and has continued every year as part of AgitÁgueda, a July festival promoting local culture and art.
Harmonica Motion By Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam
Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam has created variations of this crochet playground all over the world. They are meant to be played on and explored. This one recently appeared in the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio.
The Tiger And The Turtle By Heike Mutter And Ulrich Genth
Dismaland By Banksy
This apocalyptic, dystopian theme park made out of a defunct seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK was actually constructed by over 58 artists from around the world. The pop-art art installation comes from the brain of well-known street artist Banksy, who promised “a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism.
It’s closed now, leaving us with only photos, but the bits and pieces went to a good cause: helping Syrian refugees.
Infinity Mirrored Room By Yayoi Kusama
This particular exhibition of Yayoi’s light installation was at the David Zwirner gallery in New York in December 2013. She has created rooms like it in other galleries and museums around the world. The experience inside it is like floating through limitless, sparkling space.
Rain Room By Random International
The magic of the Rain Room is that wherever you step inside it, the water clears out of your way, so you remain dry while it rains all around you. The installation was in London, New York, and is now moving to Shanghai this December.
The Freemont Troll By Will Martin
This 18 foot tall, 13,000 pound troll sits under the Aurora Bridge in Seattle. He’s made out of steel rebar, wire, and concrete, and was meant to revitalize the area, and keep away drug dealers. He was inspired by the Scandinavian fairy tale “Three Billy Goats Gruff.”
Take My Lightening But Don’t Steal My Thunder By Alex Chinne
This optical illusion sculpture is a replica of the 184-year-old market building in London’s Covent Garden, however it’s meant to look like it’s levitating 10 feet off the ground. Chinneck told Gizmag, “the hovering building introduces contemporary art to traditional architecture, performing a magic trick of spectacular scale to present the everyday world in an extraordinary way.”
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