Ephemeral artwork describes non-permanent work that can include temporary installations, performance art, dance, or exhibitions.
This category of public art often overlaps with others – for example, the work Red on Green by Anya Gallacio may also be categorised as an installation, while Rainbow Arbor by Ned Kahn, is a permanently installed work with an ephemeral component: the rainbow only appears at certain times. Other prominent examples of ephemeral artwork are listed below.
Examples of ephemeral artworks
- Born in Darkness Before Dawn - Nicole Foreshaw, temporary projection onto the Australian Museum, William Street, Sydney
- Unravel - Louisa Dawson, temporary installation Darlinghurst, Sydney
- Wrapped Coast - Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Little Bay, Sydney
- Rainbow Arbor - Ned Kahn, Skirball Museum and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, USA
- Wrapped Reichstag - Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Berlin, Germany
- New York City Waterfalls - Olafur Eliasson, Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, USA
- Ice Arch - Andy Goldsworthy, Brough, Cumbria
- Common Task - Pawet Althamer, multiple locations, Brussels
- I lost her near Fantasy Island and Journée des Barricades - Heather and Ivan Morison, British Art Show, Bristol, United Kingdom
- A Subtlety - Kara Walker, Domino Sugar Refinery, Brooklyn, USA
- Projections - Jenny Holzer, San Diego, USA
- From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of My Toes - Alex Chinneck, Margate, England
- In the Nature of Things - Richard Long