Art doesn’t always need to be a painting on the wall or a monument that stands still.
It can also be an interactive installation that grows larger, or even smaller, such as “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
From Candy Chang’s “Confessions” to Yayoi Kusama’s “Obliteration Room,” here are the most creative pieces of art that transform over time.
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Art doesn’t have to be a painting on the wall. It can be a dynamic piece that grows larger, smaller, fuller, or emptier in order to convey its message. Oftentimes, art is even interactive.
From Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled” to The Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama, these art pieces and installations change over time, either by their own design or through audience participation.
‘Untitled’ (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) is a 175-pound pile of candy that diminishes over time
Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s piece, “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), is a 175-pound pile of wrapped candies from which museum-goers are encouraged to take and eat pieces. The 175 pounds is meant to represent the healthy bodyweight of the artist’s partner, Ross Laycock, before he died of complications from AIDS. The diminishing aspect of the pile represents Laycock’s decline. In 1996, Gonzalez-Torres also died from AIDS at the age of 38.
The installation has been changing and morphing since 1991, as it is up to the museum to replenish the pile as they see fit.
Another Felix Gonzalez-Torres creation features two synchronized clocks that eventually fall out of sync
“Untitled” (Perfect Lovers), also by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, features two identical, synchronized clocks that tick side-by-side until they inevitably fall out of sync. One of the clock batteries will die before the other, symbolizing the relationship between Gonzalez-Torres and his partner Laycock. The artist created the installation in 1991 when Laycock was dying of AIDS-related complications.
Although the art piece looks slightly different in every museum, the artist did have a few rules, including that the commercial clocks be the same style and size. Additionally, the clocks can fall out of sync, but if one stops, it must be fixed or replaced.
‘The Obliteration Room’ is a white space that is gradually covered in color
First displayed in 2002, Yayoi Kusama’s simple, yet eye-catching, installation is an all-white, domestic room waiting to be “obliterated” by visitors with brightly-colored stickers.
After being given sheets of colorful dots, visitors to “The Obliteration Room” are encouraged to transform the space together, covering the walls and furniture in stickers. Over the course of the installation, it changes from a blank white space to a multi-colored playroom.
Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Flower Obsession’ is another colorful installation
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