10 incredible art installations that will blow your mind

From an 11-acre mural to a never-ending staircase, this is the most amazing artwork around.

Peter Iantorno July 17, 2014

Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room (above)

Sometimes the best art is effortless, and that's why Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama delegated the task of decorating her installation at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. The installation started off as a completely white room, and children who visited the exhibition were invited to decorate it with coloured stickers in any way they desired.


David McCracken's Diminish and Ascend

Last year's annual Sculpture by the Sea festival held at Australia's Bondi Beach saw this colossal piece from David McCracken steal the show. The welded aluminum stairs ascend into a sharp point, creating the illusion of a never-ending path into the clouds. Incredible.


Jaume Plensa's Wonderland

Spanish artist Jaume Plensa placed this striking installation at the foot of The Bow, the tallest building in Calgary, Canada. Standing at more than 10 metres high, the wire construction is actually modelled on a real girl's head. It has two entrances - one on either side of the neck - so passersby can even walk inside it.

Alex Chinneck

Alex Chinneck's From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes

Local residents of sleepy seaside town Margate in the UK were given a shock when this dangerous-looking installation was unveiled. Using shaped sheets of steel, artist Alex Chinneck managed to create the effect that the house's facade was slipping down, leaving a gaping hole on its top floor.


Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada's Wish

It's not often that you can measure a piece of art in acres, but this offering from Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada stretches over an incredible 11 of them. Unveiled as part of last year's Belfast festival,Wish is made up of more than 300,000 manually placed wooden stakes and tonnes of soil, sand and rock.

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama’s Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is a photo taken in the far reaches of outer space, but it's actually the view that greets guests in Yayoi Kusama's exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York. The immersive installation was created using nothing more than some LED lights and mirrors, but the overall effect is nothing short of stunning.

Dalston House

Leandro Ulrich's Dalston House

Almost a hybrid of Kusama and Chinneck's creations combined,Dalston House was an innovative installation that allowed visitors to create their own illusions using the house facade and angled mirror. Devised by Argentinian artist Leandro Ulrich, the exhibition was open throughout last summer in a vacant lot in the London district of Dalston.

Meltin Men

Nele Azevedo's Melting Men

You had to be quick to catch this simple yet powerful piece. In 2009 Brazilian artist and activist Nele Azevedo placed 1,000 miniature ice sculptures on the steps of central Gendarmenmarkt Square, Berlin, and simply left them to melt in the afternoon sun. The stunt was in an effort to draw attention to the melting ice caps in Antarctica and Greenland.

Unwoven Light

Soo Sunny Park's Unwoven Light

South Korean artist Soo Sunny Park created this shimmering installation especially for Rice Gallery in Houston, US. It was made using 37 individually sculpted units hung from the walls and ceiling, and various different coloured lights.

In Orbit

Tomás Saraceno's In Orbit

Suspended more than 20 metres above the piazza of Düsseldorf's K21 Ständehaus, In Orbit gave visitors the chance to move around its net structure, almost weightlessly. The impressive installation, which was taken down in September last year, was populated by a series of large, inflatable PVC balls that guests could sit and relax in.