Twyla Tour / Public Art Installations Our favorite public art installations to see this fall.
It’s autumn, the perfect time for outdoor wandering. While you scamper through the fall foliage in that new sweater, explore our list of public art installations. Added bonus: public art is often free and no one will stop you from sipping that definitely-not-a-pumpkin-spice latte.
James Turrell / Twilight Epiphany, Skyspace
Houston - Located on Rice University’s campus, Turrell’s installation includes one of his signature skylights. At sunrise and sunset, visitors are treated to a light display that complements nature’s own show. Reservations are required for sunset viewing so plan ahead.
Olafur Eliasson, Versailles
Paris, France - If you are anywhere near Paris in the next couple of weeks, this is one to check out before it closes. Artist Olafur Eliasson, known for his often mind-blowing installations, has several pieces at the Palace of Versailles. The show-stopper is a massive man-made waterfall in the middle of the palace’s Grand Canal.
Ugo Rondinone / Seven Magic Mountains
Las Vegas, Nevada - After you lose all your money at the slots in Vegas, head out to the desert to lift your spirits through this cheerful installation. Rondinone’s has created seven towers of painted and piled-up boulders that call to mind a psychedelic Stonehedge.
Mehdi Ghadyanloo / Spaces Of Hope
Boston, Massachusetts - Catch this one even while it’s being created. Iranian artist Ghadyanloo is currently tackling the epic wall in Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway and his new piece is sure to be stunning and surreal. Follow his daily progress through his Instagram account and see the final reveal soon.
Gijs Van Bahrenburg / Reading Between the Lines
Borgloon, Belgium - Visit this small town in Belgium and you’ll be rewarded with their beautiful “transparent church.” This scaled down replica of a church, designed by two architects, was inspired by the city’s 24 churches, many of which are no longer in use. Constructed with layers of Cor-Ten steel, the installation allows light to pass through, transforming the emotional quality of the space, and almost disappearing, depending on the time of day.
David Shrigley / Memorial
New York, New York - British artist Shrigley is known for his sense of humor and he doesn’t disappoint in this piece for New York’s Public Art Fund. Located at one of the entrances to Central Park, Shrigley’s Memorial turns the typical, serious stone monument on its head. His grand stone slab is engraved with a common grocery list, bringing gravity to the utterly everyday.