Installation art is where the artwork and the site are integral to each other. While the artwork may be comprised of a number of elements, the ensemble is usually viewed as a whole. The space may be created with a particular work in mind, or the artist may respond to a given space (e.g. Antony Gormley’s Inside Australia, Lake Ballard).
Installation art may also include land art, which is described as art that draws attention to, or intervenes in a particular environment. Land art is often large-scale, as exemplified by The Spiral Jetty earthwork created by Robert Smithson in 1970.
Examples of installation artworks
- Barrangal dyara (skin and bones) – Episode 4 Shields, Jonathon Jones at the Botanical Gardens, Sydney.
Fallen Star - Do Ho Su, University of California, San Diego
- Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads - Ai Weiwei, Pulitzer Fountain, New York City
- Short Cut - Elmgreen and Dragset, MCA Chicago, USA
- The Colour Inside - James Turrell, Skyspace at University of Texas, Austin, USA
- Charles Fort - Anya Gallacio, Kinsale, Ireland
- The Spiral Jetty - Robert Smithson, Rozel Point, Great Salt lake, Utah, USA