Walking on water: the power and politics of installation art

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Abstract

Bulgarian artist Christo – who is best known for his massive “wrapping” of buildings and other monuments – has unveiled his latest installation, The Floating Piers. If you visit Italy’s Lake Iseo before July 3, you can experience what it’s like to walk on water. Seem like a gimmick, or even more of an amusement park attraction than high art?

On setting foot on the piers, a floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes which undulate with the waves, visitors will experience the closest approximation to what it’s like to walk on water. Seem like a gimmick, or even more of an amusement park attraction than high art? Maybe, but installation art, in its relatively short history, has always been controversial.
Original languageEnglish
VolumeArts + Culture
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Art
  • Installation Art

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