10 extraordinary art installations you need to see

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Art installations came to prominence in around the 1970s. In the meantime they can be found all over the world now, and there are many who have followed in their footsteps. One more pronounced or unusual than the other. Here are 10 works of extraordinary art installations that you won’t see every day.

1) Walking on Faces – Jewish Museum Berlin

Well, this one has a lot of historical value. In The Jewish Museum Berlin you can walk on faces. It’s a memorial to the jewish people who died in the World War 2.

2) Chiharu Shiota – 2000 bolls of wool

This artist is very outstanding. I’ve been in Rotterdam for this art installation in 2018 and was surprised by it’s presence. I mean… they turned this room into this red vlag by hand. They had to make sure 2000 bolls of wool were intertwined. For more of her extraordinary art make sure you visit her website.

Shiota’s work covers a wide range of questions but things like: “What is existence? What does it mean to be alive? What are we seeking? Where are we going?” Is something that you see reflected in her work.


3) The Van Gogh Experience

The ‘Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience‘ is the only official travelling Experience by the Van Gogh Museum. Now, visitors all around the world can explore how Vincent van Gogh became the influential, world-famous artist of today.

In 2019, the Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience had highly successful tour stops in Barcelona and Seoul. Following the Experience’s outstanding success in these two cultural capitals, Meet Vincent will also be on display in Lisbon and London soon.

Based on the museum’s world leading Van Gogh collection and extensive research into Van Gogh’s life, experts of the Van Gogh Museum introduce an all-encompassing story of the man behind the art.

4) Underwater Museum

Unfortunately, this museum was created after I went to Lanzarote. Such a shame, but the island is amazing! I did some snorkeling and diving myself and I found it absolutely worth to travel to. Especially when it’s winter.

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has created Museo Atlántico, a monumental underwater sculpture park, featuring more than 300 life-size human figures. The collection of sculptures is designed to provoke environmental awareness and social change while proving habitat for Ocean creatures. The result is a stunning masterpiece. To see it you have to have a diving license, but settling with this video can be also an option:

5) Walking on water – Floating Piers

In Italy you can walk on water. In the documentary: Christo: Walking on Water, the artist enjoys his project walking on floating yellow paths that connect the islands of San Paolo and Monte Isola at Sulzano, Italy.

From June 18 to July 3, 2016, Italy’s Lake Iseo was reimagined. The Floating Piers consisted of 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating on the surface of the water.

Very surreal! Watch these videos on Vimeo for an impression.

6) Lights

The Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, has come ‘home’ to the place that inspired it – Uluru. More than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Pathways draw viewers into the installation, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars. The installation, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku by the local community means ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara will be in place for a full year, and closed on March 31, 2018.

7) 200 extraordinary art installations on 1 festival

This one could not be missing: Burning man! Once I hope to go there and experience all of these art works on one place. You can find so many art installations over there – it’s the concept of the festival. Everyone brings and creates something to take it with them. There is an archive for all the art installations of the past years. To get an impression, you can head over to this section their website if you like. Or go watch the video underneath.

8) Kinetic Rain

What better way than to ease the stress of flying than through public art? The ART+COM installation welcomes passengers as they pass through Terminal 1 of Singapore’s renowned Changi Airport, consisting of more than 1,000 “falling” bronze raindrops synchronized to assume 16 shifting forms. Each droplet is connected to a motor that is individually operated by an encoder. A collaboration between artists, designers, and technologists, the living sculpture is a symbol of harmony and community.


9) Presence

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has opened his first major solo museum show — an interactive experience meant to awaken its audience to human impact on the environment. Roosegaarde, whose work often focuses on the environment and sustainability, created the exhibition to make visitors aware of the traces they leave behind on their surroundings, and to make them feel empowered to act differently.

Staged by the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands, Roosegaarde’s Presence exhibition takes the form of a sprawling, 800-metre-square installation of darkened rooms and phosphorescent light. At every turn, museum visitors are encouraged to touch, move, push and hug objects in the space, and in doing so leave an imprint for those who come after.

10) Waterlicht

Beautiful Amsterdam! Waterlicht is the dream landscape about the power and poetry of water. As a virtual flood, it shows how high the water could reach without human intervention. Innovation is within the DNA of the Dutch landscape via its waterworks and creative thinking, yet we’ve almost seem to forgotten this. Waterlicht is a powerful and poetic experience to remember. And again, it’s a sculpture from Daan Roosegaarde.


All of these extraordinary art installations tell their own story and somehow take their viewer on a journey through different kinds of media. They are all very successful in doing that. Let me know which one is your favorite!

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