You need not limit yourself to art gallery visits to immerse yourself in culture – some of the best art in the world is installed in public spaces.
Sculptures have the remarkable ability to transform the places they’re situated in. Not only are they beautiful to look at, many drawing thousands of visitors around the world, but they’re often extraordinary works of engineering too.
Those seeking to enjoy the emotional power of art, should include these 7 installations in their travel itinerary, and expand their artistic horizons.
- Her Secret is Patience – Janet Echelman
Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Echelman’s astonishing work sits 38ft above the ground and is over 100ft tall. Consisting of twine netting and coloured lights, the sculpture shows the movement of the wind and changes colour with the seasons.
This fabulous piece reflects Arizona’s unique cloud formations and dances in the air above Civic Space Park.
- Bleigiessen – Thomas Heatherwick
From the imagination of UK artist Thomas Heatherwick, we have his sculpture ‘Bleigiessen’ crafted for Welcome Trust and located close to Euston Station in London.
This magnificent masterpiece is made up of 142,000 glass spheres and suspended in the atrium of the Trust’s HQ by more than 20,000 steel wires courtesy of Ormiston Wire.
The next time you’re in London, be sure to pay a visit to the Welcome Trust and marvel at the beautiful way the sculpture refracts light.
- Glass in Bloom – Dale Chihuly
We all know that Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is an exquisite work of art in its own right, but in 2021 you can visit the latest piece by sculptor Dale Chihuly.
The installation is made up of incredible glass plant life in a bright array of colours, making it the perfect addition to Singapore’s most iconic park.
- A Forest Where Gods Live – teamLab
Located in Mifuneyama Rakuen, Japan, ‘A Forest Where Gods Live’ is a digital installation that uses that uses light to turn nature into art.
Highlights from the exhibit included a vast simulated waterfall, and a moss-covered boulder that eternally sprouts flowers which bloom and die before visitors eyes.
- Inside Australia – Antony Gormley
Renowned artist, Antony Gormley, has created many a masterpiece in his long career. One of the most incredible of these is his ‘Inside Australia’ located at the Western end of Lake Ballard.
The 51 life size human sculptures are positioned 750 meters apart and represent the 131 local residents of the area.
- Puppy – Jeff Koons
Perhaps best known for his giant balloon animals, Koons has also ventured out into the gardening business. Located outside of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, the 43 ft West Highland Terrier is carpeted in brightly coloured bedding plants.
Inspired by the baroque buildings of Europe, Koons has said that he hoped to inspire optimism in the viewers of this work.
And who doesn’t love puppies?
- Molinere Underwater Sculputre Park – Jason deCaires Taylor
You’ll need to be able to swim to view this work, as deCaries Taylor’s sculptures are located under the sea, just off the coast of Grenada, West Indies.
Made up of 65 sculptures, the installation spans 800 square meters, the park is a popular attraction for scuba divers and snorkelers who visit the area.
The world is full of incredible works of art, and listing them all would be a monumental task, and one that would make a tedious reading experience. These are just some of the options available for you to visit when you next jet off on holiday.