Los Angeles is very seldom identified as a hub for art. Unless you’re in the scene, you probably aren’t made aware of the many renowned projects in the area. In recent years Los Angeles has been developing a diverse and bustling art scene that you don’t want to miss out on. We have curated a list of haute installations to get your started in the LA art world.
As a part of The Broad’s inaugural installations Yayoi Kusama created her internationally recognized piece, Infinity Mirrored Room. The work creates a mirror-lined chamber housing a sparkling and seemingly infinite LED light display. One at a time guests transcend into Yayoi’s creation for a swift 45 seconds. Visitors will be surrounded by an array of colorful lights in a dark room fully covered in mirrors. The atmosphere formed gives guests a means of escape; it can almost be likened to what it might feel like to float in space. It is a once in a lifetime artwork that everyone should encounter.
For the first time ever in the United States, Magdalena Fernandez installed her first major museum exhibition. The MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood brought the Venezuelan artist out west for an extremely visual installation. Her MOCA exhibit features six videos and one site-specific piece that incorporates light, movement, and sound. While her mediums may be modern, her focus is deeply rooted in the natural world. Fernandez uses inspiration from the tropical fauna and flora of her native Caracas mixed with her extensive background in graphic design to create truly intricate and eye-catching work. Don’t miss out on this sensory experience.
This world-famous exhibition has travelled all corners of the globe. It has stunned visitors in Shanghai, London, New York City, and now has come to LACMA just in time to give the city a break from the drought. Rain Room is an environment created by Random International. It is a 3-D exhibition of falling water that you can walk through and literally never feel a drop. The ‘rain’ only above where you walk comes to a halt. It is like nothing you have ever experienced before. Stand and move completely dry while water falls around you. If you’ve ever wandered what it might be like to control the weather, here is your shot.
What began as a simple gesture by Adam Tenenbaum has now turned into a fully blown public art installation. Tenenbaum took a chandelier he thought should not go to waste after it was left on the set of a project he was working on. He added it to a stately sycamore tree located on his property in Silver Lake. After praise from his neighbors, Tenenbaum rewired and weatherproofed more chandeliers he got from donations and swap meets. The now glowing tree has turned Tenenbaum’s front garden into a communal space and landmark of the neighborhood. It has now been the site for many marriage proposals, music videos, film location scout lists and photo shoots. What’s more, it’s free!
Thanks to Warren Techentin, you can now play in an interactive Victorian birdcage turned jungle gym for children and adults alike. Les Cage Aux Folles is a true architectural installation, Techentin’s work would not be complete without human interaction. The piece was constructed out of 346 individual pipes using a design entirely calculated through algorithms. This work provides guests with a dynamic platform for interpretation and discovery.