The eye-catching outdoor art installations not to miss in 2018

The eye-catching outdoor art installations not to miss in 2018

From sculptures you can slide down, to gravity-defying installations, we bring you the best of the world’s art making its mark en plein air...

 Wind Sculpture (SG) I, by Yinka Shonibare, at the southeast entrance of Central Park in New York

Yinka Shonibare is having a moment in the US. The British-Nigerian artist recently installed one of his signature batik-inspired Wind Sculptures at The National Museum of African American Art in Washington DC. Now, Shonibare has unveiled his first public art commission in New York – at Central Park no less. Presented by nonprofit organisation Public Art Fund, the 23ft tall fibreglass sculpture is the first in a new generation of Wind Sculptures, taking on a deeper, and more dynamically twisting form than previous iterations – the 55-year-old has described it as an attempt to ‘playfully sculpt the impossible’. Visitors will find it difficult to miss this billowing hand-painted sculpture, which uses a palette of turquoise, red, and orange – colours that recall Shonibare’s childhood on the beaches of Lagos. Shonibare has called the Dutch wax batik print that inspires his work the ‘perfect metaphor for multilayered identities’. Ultimately, isn’t that what New York is all about?

Wind Sculpture (SG) I is on view until 14 October; Doris C Freedman Plaza, access via southeast entrance, Central Park, New York, US

Writer: Jessica Klingelfuss. Courtesy of Yinka Shonibare MBE, Public Art Fund, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Swept away with Yinka Shonibare
New York, US
Zoe Buckman’s neon art installation depicting an abstracted uterus with fibreglass boxing gloves in place of ovaries on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles

With International Women’s Day (8 March) just around the corner, female artists are enjoying their moment in the spotlight more than ever. Case in point: Zoe Buckman, who has just unveiled her first-ever public art installation, Champ, in front of the The Standard Hollywood hotel in Los Angeles. Presented by Art Production Fund with support from fashion label Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, the kinetic 43ft tall neon artwork – depicting an abstracted uterus with fibreglass boxing gloves in place of ovaries – will slowly rotate on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue. ‘Whether it speaks to reproductive rights or advocacy around domestic violence, or women’s health awareness, my goal is to give agency to these women whilst also transcending gender in the fight for women’s rights,’ says the London-born artist, now based in New York. ‘The use of boxing gloves as stereotypically masculine objects, and the choice to use white light for its neutral quality, will hopefully encourage us all to band together in face of current adversity.’

Champ is on view until February 2019; The Standard Hollywood, 8300 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069, US

Writer: Jessica Klingelfuss. Photography: Veli-Matti Hoikka. Courtesy of Art Production Fund

Zoe Buckman steps in the ring
Los Angeles, US
Daan Roosegaarde and his Studio Roosegaarde ‘Smog Free Tower’

Design Awards 2018 judge Daan Roosegaarde believes that design should genuinely improve quality of life. Now, Studio Roosegaarde has garnered international acclaim with its Smog Free Tower, a 7m tall air cleanser that purifies 30,000 m3 of air per hour, on as much energy as a water boiler. The tower is currently occupying Park Jordana in Kraków, Poland, promoting an optimistic vision of a cleaner future.

Park Jordana, Aleja 3 Maja 11, 30-062 Kraków, Poland

Writer: Luke Halls

‘Smog Free Tower’ by Studio Roosegaarde
Kraków, Poland

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