How would you feel upon entering a ‘Home within Home’ ? An absolutely whimsical experience made possible by Do Ho Suh, famous Korean installation artist whose marvelously creative work was displayed in National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul in 2013. How would you react to what looks like a crane uprooting a house from the ground to the untrained mind, but is actually a representation of the phenomenon of uprooting and migration- ‘Pulled by the Roots’ another brilliant installation art  by Leandro Erlich in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Installation Art

By definition, Installation Art is a three dimensional art work done mostly to redefine interior spaces and showcase a fresh contemporary perspective. Dating back to 1970s, this style gained prominence due to the works of Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters. Temporary or permanent, it is not just an outlet for the artist’s creativity and spectrum of ideas but also a visually captivating experience for the audiences as well.

Interactive Installation Art

A sub-division of installation art, Interactive Installation Art involves its audiences and responds to their actions and activities on it. These installations may be web based, gallery based, electronic based and mobile based. Popularized in the 80s and 90s, today, one sees many such installations created by artists and art designers alike.

Immersive Virtual Reality

In this form, virtual reality is used to make the installation, deeply interactive. The media used is quite bold and may include the use of sensors to record audiences’ reactions. These realistic situations created along with visual art, are gaining popularity among audiences everywhere.

Some Interesting Interactive Installations

Fluidic- Sculpture in Motion’,  Milan where 12,000 translucent spheres were combined using laser projectors to form a cloud above a water pond.

‘Rain Room’ at the Barbican in London created a simulation of a real rainfall. A unique sensory experience.

‘Kinetic Rain’ at the Changi Airport, Singapore, a moving installation consisting of two sets of 608 suspended raindrops made out of lightweight aluminium.

Famous Indian Installation Artists

Anish Kapoor

British-Indian sculptor and installation artist, Anish is one of the most influential artiste of his generation, most famous for public sculptures that are both adventures in form and feats of engineering. ‘Cloud Gate’ at Chicago is one of his renowned artworks.

Sudarshan Shetty

Internationally acclaimed Sudarshan, is famous for playing with different materials and media.  From a double-decker bus, the kind that is commonly seen on the streets of Mumbai, but with wings attached to it (‘The Flying Bus’, 2002), to an oversized dinosaur mating with a car (‘Love’, 2006), his creations startle the viewer with an initial jolt of familiarity, before a sense of wonder begins to sink in.

Subodh Gupta

He represents economic changes in India in his installations and uses common everyday objects as inspiration for his work. ‘Line of Control’ which looks like a colossal mushroom cloud made of pots and pans is just one of his many dynamic projects.

Installation Art at Airports across India

Terminal 3 – Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, has a series of nine hands forming various mudras or hand gestures  fixed on a wall mounted with 675 copper discs. The ‘Hands Sculpture’ is a visual treat so don’t miss to pause and appreciate the next time you’re flying into the capital city.

Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai or The T2 is home to India’s largest public art programme, titled ‘Jaya He’. This 3.2 km- multi-story Art Wall is illuminated by skylights, and has over 5000 pieces of artwork and artifacts from every region & corner of India.

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