The term installation means a type of visual art, which its present form was developed in during the early 1970s, and most often refers to a multidimensional intervention in space.
Art installations are artists’ interventions in a given space where the creator exerts an impact on a viewer’s perceptual experience, enriching the actual space with new meaning and content.
The art installation is related to land-art, as well as spatial three-dimensional art in space or within it, where the use of different materials often includes other real dimensions such as time, light, sound and movement.
Installations can be multidimensional interventions in space, using various means of expression, and which includes the everyday natural and synthetic materials, new or recycled, and common technological solutions that can serve solely aesthetics, but also have a functional role.
As a reaction to the commercialization of the art, land-art abandons museums and galleries, developing projects in free space. It draws inspiration from conceptual art and minimalism.
In the everyday practice of working with landscape architecture, as well as designing a space to accommodate comfortably people in gardens and parks, like a kind of living room under the unshielded heavens, the imagination takes a leap creating detail from elements found in the space. Suddenly, this detail becomes a sign, a leitmotif of a complete story.
Material from nature, and remaining in nature, like a new habitat for insects and small creatures.
The construction of ‘skyscrapers’ or a common residence is not altogether an unknown phenomenon in nature. This is evident if we just peek into a tree ‘from the basement to the roof’ where we’ll find many residents, the permanent ones and those passing through.
The conquest of new spaces for a stay in nature, humans have inadvertently even with the best of intentions disrupted the harmony. The hotel for insects is one such attempt, to reimburse nature and return a fraction of the debt.
INSCRIPTIONS IN CORTEN
The craft of calligraphy is one of the many forgotten and neglected crafts.
In giving it a new guise, aided by technology involving cutting steel using a waterjet, the precision and power of machine there is an endeavour to reduce the difference using softness of letters and to replace the calligraphic brush.
In large gardens-parks, gardeners historically played around with mazes.
Neatly trimmed, decoration or entertainment, today they have been almost forgotten. The old theme – a newly trimmed maze in the changing seasons invites to play, passing through the swaying tall grass where the young play with lively coloured supports indicate something dynamic, and like the signs on the road lead the playful stroller to the solution at the end of the puzzling path. The tactile moment of gentle grass stalks, when they are in full bloom, is a special event.
The garden full of flowers and themes, incorporating unusual flower beds consisting of green flowers made of plexiglas, on slender stalks featuring a glossy colour offer a serenity in the foggy Pannonian morning, as are the dispersed colourful shadows on sunny days.
These flowers in their simplified shape, similar to that of a child’s drawing, do not cajole to an imitation of nature, but are like previous pictures you want to have in your possess continually …
The coastline of Lošinj is an inspiration to all who love the sea, both enthusiasts who save dolphins and due to its rich maritime history.
Blue fish, their shape reduced to a symbol, in the eye of the beholder become gigantic sardines or playful dolphins. Their blue shadows on sunny days or the nighttime images illuminated with plexiglas scales offer a liveliness not only to the fish, but also the (un)ordinary flat roof.
FUN FOR SKILLED FEET
Concrete boulders and prisms immersed in the soft grass around a natural small pond. The inspiration came in an instant during a hot summer day; the installation is the joy of bare feet.
WATER AND FIRE
Two irreconcilable natural elements, reduced to a symbol of pure form as to what they are: water is only a jet constantly flowing, fire is only a flame with no source and no goal, simply waving and reaching out to the sky …
Steel shelves with two slots, with the hidden technical side of the static installation, offers an eternal game of two living elements, while recalling that we cannot be without either of them.
SCULPTURES IN THE PARK
Although landscape architects are not sculptors, nonetheless in their work they often encounter sculptural elements.
Regardless of whether the sculpture has been selected from an available gallery or whether made for a certain project, once placed into an area, it becomes an inseparable element. Art installations and land-art are actually based on the principle of art outside the gallery, enriching human life even when life does not actively seek it, but instead is well aware of its need to decorate space.
Water elements, regardless of their size or purpose, are the centrepiece in any garden.
The inviting look that stops on a glitter area of water is possible if we approach it close enough. Terraces, bridges then become elements that surpass only their utilisation value. In selecting materials, lighting and shape, an ordinary bridge, suddenly becomes a sculpture.
In an effort to transform a utilitarian task, lighting of the roundabout at a hotel entrance, into a day-n-day attraction, a group of blue periscopes appears.
The Stooke tubes on the green island become a unique sign post and symbol.
It’s not that wells didn’t have coverings before…
This old well has been placed back into function and subsequently has received new garments, a robe of reinforcing bars and a modern extensive green roof.
An example of a design that, at first glance, and due to its unobtrusiveness, doesn’t reveal that it was the subject of great deliberation. Actually, this is its greatest value. Wood and reinforcing bars made of corrugated steel, left to the effects of time, to protect themselves through a layer of corrosion. The elegant and gentle curves of a wooden fence, are invoking its acceptance, even if you don’t really need it… A small bridge path leads to a small lake, which as far as possible, has been left to the devices of nature, as was the case before. Less is more…