Tag Archives: Interactive Art

Park People

IMG_7640Park People // Nathan Sawaya

Artist Nathan Sawaya created six sculptures made out of a toy known worldwide — LEGOS. The sculptures were titled “Park People.” The monochrome LEGO people were seated on various benches in downtown Los Angeles. Sitting in a variety of poses, the sculptures encouraged a passerby to sit along side them and interact with public art. 

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

IMG_8066“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong

Ai Weiwei’s latest public work in New York City was a large fence resembling a bird cage centered in the middle of the Washington Square Arch. Visitors who wished to pass under the arc had to walk through the fence. But, once inside the arch, you are also in the middle of a cage. Trapped in the Washington Square Arch. You can of course walk out the cage, but the feeling of entrapment stays. The theme of freedom lost is frequently addressed in Ai Weiwei’s work, though this one allows for the audience to play an active roll in understanding the meaning of his work. 

IMG_8068“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong

 

 

Street Art Palms

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A gray electrical box on the sidewalk. Sounds boring right? Well, there is a current trend that is changing people’s perception of electrical boxes. In various cities in Los Angeles, such as Culver City, artists are using these seemingly ordinary objects as a blank canvas for their works. Painted in vibrant colors and varying designs, these boxes are becoming public works of art. Check out this one from Palms in Culver City. At a block party the public was invited to paint their handprints making this not only an artistic work of art but a communal one as well. 

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HOPE Outdoor Gallery

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Located in the heart of Austin is an outdoor art gallery. Specifically,  a graffiti park titled HOPE Outdoor Gallery. Okay, but what makes this one so special? Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible  to contribute to the gallery. This paint park is designed for graffiti and street artists to leave their masterpieces in the open air gallery. If you are interested in painting your own work of art at HOPE Outdoor Gallery simply email murals@hopecampaign.org to register!

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The Untitled Swing Project

IMG_8721.JPGThe Untitled Swing Project // Rula Yaghmour, Dina Haddadin, Moar Al-Zo’bi & Rand El Haj Hasan // Arini Creative Platforms // Photograph by Alexa Corbin

Visitors had the opportunity to swing into the art world in an interactive installation by Rula Yaghmour, Dina Haddadin, Moar Al-Zo’bi & Rand El Haj Hasan for the 2015 Dubai Design Week. Various countries in the Middle East had pavilions which showcased innovative art and designs. The swings, fittingly titled “The Untitled Swing Project,” was part of the Jordan Pavilion. Swings allow people to feel weightless and free, evoking a feeling childhood innocence. The swings were all connected  by white beams, whilst the seats were made of stone from Palestine and Jordan.

The Gateway at CityCenter

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Three colossal high definition screens form a 25 foot hight, 50 foot long archway in Washington DC. The entrance to an apartment complex, this work of art was created by David Niles. The screens display a variety of subjects such as elephants, bubbles, astronauts and in this photograph geometric designs. The images are accompanied by music. This, however, is no ordinary video work. Instead of having images on a constant loop, the video changes with the number of people walking through the arch. For example, if bubbles are on the screen, the number of bubbles shown will increase, as well as the music volume, if there are a lot of people walking through. When I visited there was only a handful of people, so it was pretty quite and the geometric patterns changed slowly.

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Flatiron Sky-Line

img_7843-2Flatiron Sky-Line // LOT // Photographs by Erin Fong

For the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition the winner went to “Flatiron Sky-Line.” The work consisted of white arches with led lights and hammocks hanging beneath. To celebrate the “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer,” cameras were located on the arches allowing individuals to send messages on the Flatiron’s Facebook Live page. This interactive installation was designed by LOT and received a lot of positive remarks.

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Enchanted Forest of Light

FullSizeRender 49.jpgWhat is more fun than exploring gardens? Doing so in the dark! During the holiday season Descanso Gardens creates interactive light installations for visitors of all ages to explore. This year there were eight works including glowing circles that change colors as you walk, luminous tulips and lit oak trees which create a symphony of sounds as you stroll across the wooden platforms circling their trunks.

img_7295The Pool // Jen Lewin

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Symphony of Oaks

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Flower Power

The Swings

IMG_5070The Swings // Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza // Photographs by Erin Fong

Swing into summer at the Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza in NYC. Located on the plaza is a colossal swing set. People are invited to take a break from their bustling lives to sit and swing. However, these are no ordinary swings. These swings make music. One swing sounds like a piano, one a harp, one guitar and one a vibraphone. Together all participants compose a work of musical art simply by enjoying a ride on a swing.

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Inflatable Dreams

FullSizeRender-11Feel like jumping into a pool without getting wet? If so, you are in for a treat! In Galeria Melissa, located in Covent Garden, you can go swimming in a pool full of plastic balls. And, it isn’t for children. You have to be over the age of 13 to jump in to the fun. There is even a plastic slide encouraging you to let go and have a ball. Galeria Melissa is a shoe store which created a collaboration with artist Jeremy Scott titled Inflatable Dreams. So you can interact with art whilst you shop.

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