Top 10 Best Installation Art Works This Year

Top 10 Best Installation Art Works This Year
Top 10 Best Installation Art Works This Year

It has been a long hard year for many of us indeed. But there have been a few things to smile about along the way. From weddings to births to celebrations of getting that one job left on the market! And over in the art World they have carried on making some truly amazing art for everyone to see, enjoy and discuss. So to celebrate the New Year I thought I would bring you what I think is the very best art from it…


Top 10 Best Installation Art Works This Year


Cai Guo-Qiang "Heritage 2013"
Cai Guo-Qiang “Heritage 2013”

10 – Heritage 2013

This rather large art install uses light, reflection, textures and colours to create an almost animal heaven like view. With 99 replicas of animals from around the world all drinking from a blue lake surrounded by pristine white sands it is clean, fresh and simply beautiful.

Yayoi Kusama’s “Souls of Millions of Light Years Away”
Yayoi Kusama’s “Souls of Millions of Light Years Away”

9 – Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

Using a simple but incredibly effective infinity mirror room the artist Yayoi Kusama created something that not only looks good in the pictures, but I would imagine is nothing short of mind-blowing experience to see in real life.

Ivan Puig's "Milk"
Ivan Puig’s “Milk”

8 – Milk

We have all seen some great uses of old VW beetles in posts like “Top 10 Volkswagen Beetles in Gardens” but this use turning it into a clean and very modern looking art install by Ivan Puig is one of the very best. This was definitely one of my favorites.

Alex Chinneck's "From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes"
Alex Chinneck’s “From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes”

7 – From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes

The name of this art installation might sound like the start to a funny limerick, but this is no joke, this is an art install that is basically the whole front of a house sliding down!  Made by artist Alex Chinneck it is one that baffles the eyes as well as the brain on how he did it!

Henrique Oliveira's "Baitogogo"
Henrique Oliveira’s “Baitogogo”

6 – Baitogogo

This jaw dropping art install by Henrique Oliveira represents the parasitic growth of urban building while poor sections of the same cities and towns are being left to rot! I think it portrays that wonderfully and looks incredible at the same time.

yasuaki onishi "reverse of volume MI"
yasuaki onishi “reverse of volume MI”

5 – Reverse of volume MI

If you think you are looking at a white sheet hung by wire to make it look like a mountain range you need to click on the link and see the truth, because what you are in fact looking at is hot dripping glue and a sheet of plastic! Simply mind-blowing.

Jeff Leatham's "Sexy Golden Reindeer's"
Jeff Leatham’s “Sexy Golden Reindeer’s”

4 – Sexy Golden Reindeer’s

One of the most impressive festive themed art installations I have seen is this incredible work of art by artist Jeff Leatham. 2 reindeer’s and a Christmas tree made in a solid gold style is nothing short of sexy indeed and simply beautiful.

Leandro Erlich "Dalston House"
Leandro Erlich “Dalston House”

3 – Dalston House

This simple but deadly effective art installation resembles a rather simple looking Victorian terraced house with a mirrored surface positioned overhead at a 45-degree angle meaning you can see yourself hanging from windows, walking like Spiderman or doing a classic Batman walk up the wall! Art doesn’t get much more fun than this.

Jaume Plensas "Wonderland"
Jaume Plensas “Wonderland”

2 – Wonderland

This massive wire mesh art install is over 39ft high and resembles a young girl’s head. The sculpture has two entrances so you can walk inside of it to inspire everyone who visits! I think Jaume Plensa the artist has done just that to many, many people. Simply amazing.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada "wish"
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada “wish”

1 –  Wish

Made with an incredible 30,000 wooden pegs, 2,000 tonnes of soil and 2,000 tonnes of sand this is one of the largest land-art portraits ever made in the UK! Created by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada it represents the hopes, dreams and wishes of a Belfast Child.

79 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Installation Art Works This Year”

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  3. So grateful for the follow on my blog–thanks for that. These are unbelievable! The big land art one? I can’t even get my head around something like that! These are wonderful! Thanks for sharing such unique and wonderful art!

  4. Hi there nice to meet you and Thank you for following me. Your pictures are cool. The one of the building is different kind of reminds me of saying climbing the walls. Neat pictures.

  5. it was stunning! They also showed a guy who cut holes in 3 floors of his house in order to install an upside down christmas tree through his entire walk-up – – yup, I”m thinking you’ll have plenty of fodder for that post! LOL

    And right after it, you can do a post on the most odd injuries sustained from Extreme Christmas Decorating – – LOL

  6. There was a special on Netflix called Extreme Christmas trees that featured an artist who made christmas trees out of the antlers shed from elk, mule and white-tailed deer – they were beautiful

  7. I agree Linda, 10 of the very best indeed. And I am so happy to have people like yourself who are willing to read my ramblings, without people like you I would not have carried on.

  8. Omigosh, there is no way I can pick just one or two. These are all so very amazing in their own right. Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2014! I’m glad I found your blog. I have enjoyed it immensely and will continue to do as long as you keep posting! 🙂

  9. Russell, I saw Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane just last week. It was the most spectacular artwork I have ever seen. It was so realistic and very emotive. He had another installation at the gallery called “Head On” which was also amazing. It featured 99 wolves. Look here for images.

  10. I like the “Wish”. It must be difficult to maintain the art on land like that. We are appreciating it from I think an aerial view but I wonder if there are high enough buildings to appreciate it on a regular basis.

  11. Great post…would love to see all of these. Am happy we were able to experience “Rain” at MoMA last May. Art that is out of the box and/ or mind bending is so thrilling… again, fantastic post. Happy New Year!

  12. This is a well thought out top ten list. My favorite is “Leandro Erlich ‘Dalston House.'” I can see people’s eyes light up when they finally realize what they are looking at is a mirror.

Which one did you like?