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...

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
The ‘Smog Free Tower’ opening as part of its air-cleansing functionalities

ING Bank Śląski SA partnered with Roosegaarde Studio to bring the tower to Kraków, having adopted the Green Statement in 2017 to actively find innovative solutions to prevent air pollution. A pop-up exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Kraków joins the tower – part of Roosegaarde’s larger work ‘Landscapes of the Future’, connecting people, technology and space to improve quality of life in urban environments.

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

Writer: Luke Halls

‘Smog Free Tower’ by Studio Roosegaarde
Kraków, Poland
Knotted sculpture by Alex Chinneck in Germany

‘I like to give fluidity to typically inflexible things, transcending their material nature,’ says British sculptor Alex Chinneck of his latest outlandish installation – an enormous brick column that he has seemingly ‘tied in a knot’. The installation mimics similar columns that feature prominently on and inside a 450-year-old museum in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany. ‘This intervention took an opportunity to defy logic and distort history,’ says the artist. The work titled ‘Birth, death and a midlife crisis’, complements a new exhibition of Chinneck’s work happening concurrently inside the museum, featuring a wooden broom (also knotted) leaning comically against the wall.

‘Knots’ is on view until 8 April. Städtische Galerie Kornhaus, Max-Eyth-Strasse 19, 73230 Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany; www.kornhausgaleriekirchheim.wordpress.com

Writer: Elly Parsons

‘Knots’ by Alex Chinneck
Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany

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