olaf breuning detonates smoke grid at art basel in miami beach 2013
for ‘public’ in collins park — where art basel in miami beach annually installs a sculpture — olaf breuning has created a smoke bomb of rainbow-hued fumes, swirling into a painterly mass of color and visual confusion above art lovers. the open-air exhibition extends the ABMB fair’s impact beyond the confines of the convention center.
color smoke in the tropical landscape
olaf breuning’s installation ‘smoke grid’ (2013) at the public opening night in collins park
close-up. colored smoke canisters were duct-taped to intricately connected piping
olaf talks about the making of smoke grid…
video courtesy louisiana channel
testing of the installation in mid november …
… for the final installment at the public opening night in collins park on december 4th, 2013 …
… where greens, blues, yellows and reds were combined against jeppe hein’s fountain with its white glow to create an unusual cloud of colored smoke.
olaf breuning’s installation has been placed in proximity of ‘appearing rooms’ by jeppe hein (2004), making for one of the public program most notable visual marvels. jeppe hein’s ‘appearing rooms’ installation offered a square water pavilion with walls of water that randomly rise and fall, encouraging guests to move within the structure to see the constantly changing interior spaces. brought to miami in collaboration with 303 gallery johann koenig and galleri nicolai wallner.
‘public’ features large-scale sculptures and installations by leading and emerging international artists, including sam falls, thomas houseago, alicja kwade, richard long, santiago roose, oscar tuazon, and ursula von rydingsvard. many of the works will remain on view through march 2014. for the third straight year, ‘public’ is produced in partnership with the bass museum of art. the sector is open to the public and free of charge. this year’s selection of artworks from 24 international artists has been curated with the theme ‘social animals’ by nicholas baume, chief curator for the new york city-based public art fund.
see also designboom’s coverage of tom friedman’s peeing aluminum foil sculpture in the collins park.