Summer is in full swing and artists are taking advantage of outdoor environments. Warm weather seems to invite biennials, major exhibitions, festivals and creative experiential projects. This weekend, the Governors Ball music festival will take over Randall’s Island (where we recorded Fresh Talk: Naama Tsabar at Frieze NY 2014 last month). The Mural Project will engage 20 street artists in a visual counterpoint to this auditory experience. In addition to the murals, participating artists will create several collaborative works that will be reexhibited at Succulent Studios on June 28. (For more on street art, see Fresh News: Street Art That Bites)
This is the season for plein air pavilions and design competitions. Already in place on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum is Dan Graham’s ‘hedge two-way mirror walkabout’. The site-specific work situated within the roof garden promises the perfect respite from the summer city heat. June 27 marks the opening of MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program. This year, The Living (David Benjamin) offers up Hy-Fi for the temporary outdoor installation. Working with 100% organic materials, bio and digital technologies, and engineering, he will design not only a pavilion, but also a new model of the built environment.
In these outdoor environs, some artists seek to distort the audience’s spatial perceptions. British designer Paul Cocksedge transforms a promenade along the Bosphorous Strait in Istanbul with Palette. As part of the GREAT Festival of Creativity, the overlapping colorful disks create an enchanting surreal screen that redefines the landscape. If sightseeing is your thing, check out the work of another British designer, Dominic Wilcox. Like the coin-operated binoculars provided as lookouts at famous landmarks, Wilcox’s giant audio binoculars allow people to eavesdrop from afar, hearing the environment rather than seeing it.
If these projects haven’t gotten you in the mood for summer, imagine cooling off on a hot day in one of dezeen’s eight extreme swimming pools situated around the world.