Ever wonder what it would be like to swim with jellyfish? Travel and adventure photographer Kien Lam fulfilled this fantasy by flying across the globe to Jellyfish Lake in Micronesia. Anyone who has been stung by a jellyfish can attest—it’s not a pleasant experience. But Jellyfish Lake in Palau is filled with millions of jellyfish that have evolved in a way that makes it safe for humans to swim in the same waters.
One of the most exciting contemporary artists of our time, Korean Do Ho Suh, created this large sculptural installation that doesn’t look like much until you come closer. Glass plates rest on thousands of multicolored miniature plastic figures who are crowded together with their heads and arms turned skyward. Together, they are holding the weight of the individual visitor who steps onto the floor.
Currently showing at Lehmann Maupin’s pop-up gallery at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), Floor is one of those installations that’s wonderfully thought-provoking. The figures represent the diverse and anonymous masses of people who support and/or resist the symbolic floor.
This installation can be seen, alongside works by artists Teresita Fernndez, Ashley Bickerton, and Lee Bui, from now till February 11, 2012.
DO HO SUH
Installation at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
PVC Figures, Glass Plates, Phenolic Sheets, Polyurethane Resin
40 parts each:
39.37 x 39.37 x 3.15 inches
100 x 100 x 8 cm
Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York