The Park collection celebrates human interactions – whether quiet or communal – taking cues parks and other public spaces where we connect for a variety of personal experiences.
Public art is a critical facet of these experiences – and it’s always intriguing to see how different geographies and cities approach large scale installations. Need some daily inspiration? Check out Architectural Digest’s slideshow of some of the world’s most powerful public sculpture.
Among these featured installations, Metamorphosis by David Černý. This striking sculpture, pictured here, was commissioned by the American Asset Corp. for a 200-acre corporate plot in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 14-ton artwork is made from stainless-steel layers that rotate 360 degrees, occasionally aligning to create a massive head. The sculpture even boasts its own webcam.
Some of the best things are meant to weather time, while others are intended for fleeting moments of inspiration. Have a look at French artist Olivier Grossetête’s The Ephemeral City – an astonishingly large installation created for the Sydney Festival taking place now in Australia. Relying on public participation to build it, construction takes place Jan.8 —28 and will all destroyed on the final day. As heart wrenching as it to know beautiful things aren’t always permanent, we can take comfort knowing that we can carry memories from these experiences for a lifetime.
Calling all art lovers, music lovers and Earth lovers:
The MoMA PS1 gallery (dedicated to experimental art) now features an outdoor installation that mechanically uses plants and customized irrigation concepts to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, which, once purified, signals the device to glow at its center – providing pulsating light for Warm Up, the gallery’s summer concert series in Long Island City.
Designed by Andres Jacques/Office for Political Innovation, the concept was realized through the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, which spotlights emerging firms doing experimental work.
Learn more about the program and COSMO’s sustainable design in this article on azuremagazine.com