Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist floats a landscape of 1,300 mirrored spheres at the glass house.
Incorporated into the 49-acre landscape surrounding the glass house, Yayoi Kusama has realized the landscape installation ‘Narcissus garden’. on view from now until november 30, 2016, the work sweeps across the lower meadow and forest, creating a dramatic vista to the west of Philip Johnson’s historic glazed dwelling.
First created fifty years ago as part of the venice art biennale, this iteration of ‘narcissus garden’ comprises 1,300 floating steel spheres, each which measure approximately 12 inches in diameter (30 cm). drifting in the newly restored pond, the spheres move as wind passes and follow the water’s natural currents, forming a dynamic and ever-changing sculpture. the orbs’ polished mirrored surfaces reflect views of the pond pavilion, wooded landscape, and sky that surrounds it.
Inside Switzerland’s Bellelay Abbey, two intriguing pools of recycled motor oil create serene, unbroken reflections of soaring architecture. The chapel’s ornately decorated arches and vaulted ceilings are mirrored in vivid detail on the oil’s rich, glassy surface. Unlike reflections in water, the oil pool minimizes glare and lets viewers gaze deeply into the images.
The addition of the oil pools to the chapel is interesting because it contrasts light and dark in a striking juxtaposition. The oil’s shimmering black surface boldly complements the chapel’s pristine, white-washed walls. The pools were added to the church as part of an art installation by Swiss artist Romain Crelier in 2013. Along with creating a feeling of augmented spaciousness, the reflection pool offers another serene element that inspires introspection.