The outdoor art installations defining public spaces in 2019
STAND, by Antony Gormley, Philadelphia, US
A ten-strong ensemble of Antony Gormley’s Blockworks sculptures is holding court outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, while it undergoes a renovation by Frank Gehry. ‘Like standing stones, these works are markers in space, but I would also like them to engage the viewer’s time,’ says the artist. ‘Here is sculpture, not statue; less hero or ideal, more material and real: a public declaration of subjective identity.’ The rough cast-iron pillars, placed at regular intervals across the museum’s East Terrace, invites viewers to both project and recognise their own identities in the humanoid stacks of blocks.
‘STAND’ is on view until 26 June; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130; www.philamuseum.org
Winter Lights, London, UK
Canary Wharf’s annual Winter Lights festival is powering up with light installations that respond to this year’s theme of sustainability and waste reduction. New commissions include a hopscotch-inspired installation by Irish designer Raoul Simpson, while Squidsoup’s walkthrough experience Submergence will be the largest ever version of its artwork shown, made up of 24,000 individual points of suspended lights. Several of the artworks on view have been crafted using recycled and sustainable materials, while others carry powerful messages about recycling and climate change. There’s purely experiential installations too, such as Netherlands-based Rombout Frieling Lab’s Colour Moves (pictured), a kaleidoscopic bridge that creates psychedelic patterns based on light of alternating wavelengths.
Winter Lights runs until 26 January; Canary Wharf Estate, London E14; www.canarywharf.com
‘KAWS:HOLIDAY’, Taipei, Taiwan
Following a trip to Taiwan in 2010, the multi-disciplinary artist KAWS has returned to Taipei with COMPANION, his signature character. Now assuming a seated position (having adopted a variety of postures over the years), COMPANION will occupy the Chiang Kaishek Memorial Hall until 27 January. The character has been a constant favourite among designer-toy collectors since its inception in 1999, with a handful of limited-edition releases often selling out at breakneck speed. Standing at over 110ft and reclined at a length of 36m, the 2019 installation will aptly be replicated as a limited edition 7in vinyl figure, available in three different coloured versions.
‘KAWS:HOLIDAY’ is on view until 27 January; 21 Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei; www.kawsone.com, www.allrights-reserved.com. Photography: @s.yin.h
Sino x Niio Illumination Art Prizes, Hong Kong
Art installations don’t get more public than this one in Hong Kong, as millions are expected to catch a glimpse of the winning submissions of the Sino x Niio Illumination Art Prizes on two of the city’s largest waterfront screens. The façades of the Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre have been transformed into digital canvases with works by the likes of Krehel Race, Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts, and Ran Slavin (whose Newtopia is pictured here). The innovative new art prize is the first of its kind in Hong Kong; it aims to promote young talent and provide access to some of the world’s most prominent platforms for digital art.
Until 19 February; Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; www.niio.art, www.sino.com