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Installations From Outer Space

Destinations, Architecture, Directions Magazine

  • Date 09 August 2018

Some of today’s most exciting hotels function as live-in galleries, exhibiting commissioned and acquired installations and sculptural pieces by major contemporary artists.

While their works run the gamut, many evoke a futurist vision of space-age forms, neon deities, and artifacts from the beyond.

11 Howard

New York, United States

The neon sculpture, by Portland-based artist Dan Attoe, features one of his trademark sexualized angels. It was first exhibited as part of his 2008 show, “Simple Thoughts and Complicated Animals,” at Peres Projects in Berlin.

New Hotel

Athens, Greece

“Numbers Runners,” an interactive 1979 installation by the iconic New York artist and electronic music pioneer Laurie Anderson, is part of the phenomenal Dakis Joannou Collection. One of the world’s most important art collectors, New Hotel owner Joannou is also the founder of the influential DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art.

The Met Hotel

Thessaloniki, Greece

The Austrian artist Erwin Wurm created the 2007 work, “UFO,” as part of a parody series taking on the cultural phenomenon of car fetishism in what he called “a clear criticism of our consumer society.” The work incorporates an authentic roof of a 1940s-era Porsche.

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Atix Hotel

La Paz, Bolivia

The sculptural work by Gastón Ugalde, Bolivia’s most important living artist, was inspired by his travels through the country’s varied and dramatic landscape. Known as the “Andean Warhol,” Ugalde is a video art pioneer whose 50-year career has helped change the face of Latin American art.

Vue Hotel Houhai Beijing

Beijing, China

The human-like rabbit sculptures are the work of Colin Seah’s innovative Singapore-based architectural firm Ministry of Design (MOD). The 3D-pixelated sculptures are a nod to the surrounding lake environment, interpreted through MOD’s transgressive spatial aesthetic, applied most recently to Singapore’s Race Robotics Lab.

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The preceding is excerpted from an article in the 2018 edition of Directions, the magazine by Design Hotels—more than 200 pages of vividly illustrated travel content by leading writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers. 

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