Conceptual artist Ole Ukena creates clever installations that will make you think twice about what you see. Previously, we enjoyed his ironic unfinished message and his large-scale peace sign made out of toys. And more recently, we couldn't resist this colorful rainbow project, entitled Protected Paradise.
From a distance, the large, 3-foot wide arc is just as beautiful as the multicolored displays seen in the sky. However, upon closer inspection, viewers will discover that the visually pleasing structure is actually formed out of barbed wire, a sharp material that most people tend to avoid.
By pairing the restrictive material with the contradictory concept of total bliss, Ukena suggests that this place isn't paradise at all. He says, “Paradise seems to be protected by a layer of limitation as well. The initial attraction turns into repulsion.”