11 awesome art installations

I’m officially addicted to commissioning art installations for my projects now. Seeing the stained glass panels that Judson Studios did for The Fig House made me more excited than Tom Cruise a la Oprah’s sofa jumping incident. And now I can’t stop. I have a few projects coming up in need of something special — mainly because every project, especially commercial or studio spaces need something really special. So I’ve been trolling the Internet for happy art installations that can inspire something in my little brain.

art installations

Most of these are out of a material that I can actually get my hands on or materials that in themselves aren’t terribly expensive or luxurious. That’s not to say that these aren’t priceless, but the reason I’m inspired by them is that they are all a material or medium that I’m not scared by and therefore the project is more doable. Normally when I’m conceptualizing these things I literally think of every single thing you could possibly make something out of. I do it in a list: fabric, wood, metal, tape, rope, chain, paper, and then I do subcategories for them (like for fabric I’d do: fabric, ribbon, fringe, vintage quilts, vintage kantha fabric, velvets, leather, worn leather, bunting, crocheted, knitted, dyed, dip dyed, tie dyed, sheepskin …. etc.) Actually seeing all the possibilities always sparks an idea.

So get your ideas on, friends. And don’t think these have to spark ideas for art installation — this could be for a piece of art for your home, graphic design inspiration, or maybe something to try on a piece of furniture that you want to redo. Happy Monday.

Credits clockwise from top: Mixed Media dog by Robert Bradford via CoolHunter   / Sliding Ladder: Truncated Icosohedron # 1 by Nike Savvas via Skiptownline / Pink floor Via Love On The Ground / Neon shelves via HaberArts / LOVE matchstick art by Pei San Ng / Wire sculpture, unknown 


Credits: Drippy walls via Inthralled / Washi tape art by Koji Iyama  via DesignforMankind / Geometric sculpture by Henrietta VanThoog / Rainbow Picket by Judy Chicago / String art installation unknown. 

  1. Sarah

    You continue to amaze!

  2. Andrea Urbass

    You clearly have one particular taste! :)

  3. Pearl

    These are so cool. I love them all but I think the drippy walls and Pink floor are my two favorites. Thanks for sharing, your posts are always so full of inspiration!

  4. How wonderful it has been to watch you evolve on your artistic journey! Once you start using original work and quality prints, it changes something inside– there’s no turning back!
    PS– Can’t help but give a little shameless plug.. I do freelance art consulting if you ever need help with a project! http://artsyforager.com/services-2/

  5. Rebecca

    The dog reminded me of something my daughter made. She took a hubcap (probably found on the road…..) and meticulously glued TONS of little colored beads to form a kaleidoscope design within the hubcap. It’s awesome! She was going to sell it, but then decided to keep it instead. So she and my hubby made a small, wooden table to enclose it with glass on the top so you can enjoy it and use it! She also got a chair at Goodwill and painted it to look like a guitar :) She is VERY creative, and your eye seems to be along the same lines. It is very cool to see a space within something like that to attract your attention that is one of a kind. Love your examples – especially the dog! Can’t wait to see what you choose for your nursery :)

  6. Tamara

    Emily, such a coincidence. The LOVE made from matches I already copied from the same inspiration! It was an awesome therapy. The picture is in my Instagram (trochlin).

  7. The striped walls in the one room are impressively well defined. I really like the way the colors compliment one another. The use of color alone can really speak volumes. Nice post, and some rally beautiful art.

  8. Debra

    Wow how beautiful.

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