Some of the best indicators of where design is headed come from art installations. These temporary masterpieces pull out all the stops and push the limits. Some are avant-garde—even a bit weird—but they are, for all intents and purposes, truly remarkable and experiential works of art. At HD HQ, we are on the lookout for the most eye-catching designs, and these handful of installations across the globe have definitely piqued our interest.
1. Hive at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC
The hive mind isn’t something to be cultivated on social media alone, and Studio Gang‘s temporary installation experiments with drawing people together in enclosed spaces with Hive. Built entirely with 2,700 wound paper tubes constructed from recyclable, lightweight, and renewable material, the installation from MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is actually three chambers stacked in silver and magenta that are suited for private conversations, large gatherings, and even yoga—activities, she says, that draw people together to engage and explore the senses.
2. Merry Go Zoo at High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Leave it to Spanish designer Jaime Hayon to dream up something as whimsical and architecturally playful as his cartoon-shaped characters that sit on top of brightly striped cylindrical bases. The attention-grabbing sculptures in contrasting colors can also rotate on their metal and wood bases, twirling around in a joyful manner and entertaining guests as they head into the museum.
3. Look! Look! Look! at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, England
In the walled-in garden, a giant pineapple has bloomed, painted in the perfect hue of Millennial pink. Heather and Ivan Morison of local firm Studio Morison spruced up the English garden by reinterpreting the traditional landscape with the 26-foot-tall abstract fruit sculpture. Both frivolous and fun, it was first designed using origami and is made in 90 sections assembled like a puzzle. The all-weather shell is coated in a fiberglass woven fabric, while a scalloped ceiling and stone floor inside complete the space.
4. Renaixement at the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporania, Valencia
The gilded Renaixement cardboard installation, which was a golden beacon in the desert at Burning Man, is now at the Centre del Carmen in Valencia. Pink Intruder resurrected the installation, clad in a vibrant blue mosaic tile floor and wrapped in sheets of gold leaf, as a response to the debate about contemporary versus traditional. At night, LEDs illuminate the 19-foot-tall cube, which is is made with MDF panels and cardboard tubes.