here at designboom, we take great pride in the open dialogue we maintain with our readers. each year we receive thousands of submissions from all over the world, and 2021 has been no different. in a year that has been all about overcoming a global health crisis, we saw architects, designers and artists make great efforts to build the new normality. thanks to our readers, we’ve been able to see creativity and innovation exhibited in a huge range of installations.
before we move into 2022, we take a look back at some of the most inspired installation projects submitted by designboom readers. from a hyper-realistic rock vehicle to a house-shaped coffin for architects, we highlight our TOP 10 reader submissions of 2021 – installations.
image courtesy of julien berthier
artist julien berthier built a hyper-realistic rock with epoxy resin placing it on top of a worn-out found boat. l’invisible takes shape as an artificial rock that modestly intrudes the environment of marseille’s coast and gently modifies its landscape. the rock can be driven and cruises around, creating the awkward vision of a drifting landscape.
image courtesy of gert jan van rooij
for this art installation, jeroen van loon combines text from the gutenberg bible with youtube comments, all of which are printed onto 12km of glass fiber cable. called ‘permanent data’, the piece reflects on revolutionary forms of communication: from the printing press to the internet.
image courtesy of lance gerber
in collaboration with skidmore, owings & merrill (SOM), artist phillip k. smith III has completed ‘santa monica linear’, a 9-meter (30-foot) -long monolithic reflective piece, floating on a verdant slope in california. commissioned for a private collection, the sculpture mirrors the surrounding eucalyptus trees, defining a tall wall of green on the northeast side of the client’s historic and sprawling ray kappe home and property. flanked by an early james turrell skyspace and a 12-meter (40-foot) -tall nancy rubins kayak sculpture, the artwork’s location holds ingrained importance when visiting the property.
image courtesy of rubenp bescos and josema cutillas
on the occasion of the international festival of ephemeral architecture ‘concéntrico 07’, urban artist SpY unveils ‘blackout’, a huge black sphere installed in the oculus of the logroño train station in spain. with this public art intervention, SpY proposes a reflection through the historical symbolism of the oculus as a window of the gods’ omnipresent observation. the piece creates a parallel at a time when the digital has gained a full presence in our lives through technological windows, establishing itself by way of surveillance, algorithmic observation, and a new predictive cybernetic order.