Outsider art: the must-see outdoor installations for 2017

Outsider art: the must-see outdoor installations for 2017

From surreal sculptures to multi-coloured murals, we bring you the best of the world’s installations en plein air...

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, by Ai Weiwei

Art activist Ai Weiwei has returned to themes surrounding the worldwide migration crisis for his latest public installation in New York. Spread across five boroughs, the sprawling exhibition features new large and small-scale works, the highlights of which are two ‘fence’ structures, Gilded Cage and Arch, constructed in collaboration with UAP – a leading public art consultant and manufacturer of large scale installations (and the ideal partner for a project of this scope and scale).

Writers: Hadani Ditmars, Luke Halls, Katie Meston, Elly Parsons, Holly Patrick and Daven Wu

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, by Ai Weiwei

UAP worked with Public Art Fund and the artist to develop and fabricate works that transform some of New York’s famous architectural landmarks into large-scale public art installations. Gilded Cage uses its Central Park location to raise questions around barriers. The park’s open, natural space sits in contrast to the structure’s inhibiting bars and turnstiles, in which visitors are encouraged to enter, helping us to embrace ideas of freedom and restriction, head on.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, by Ai Weiwei

The 40ft Arch (pictured) at Washington Square Park, grows out of the existing urban infrastructure, located directly inside the triumphal Washington Square Arch. The cage’s most notable feature is its poignant mirrored archway, which silhouettes two human profiles, cutting through the barrier together in a break for freedom.

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