Using sequins, plastic and plywood, artist Theresa Himmer creates shimmering street art that takes on the form of glaciers, lava, and waterfalls. Her art, which is as pretty as can be, is strung out over old, dilapidated buildings. Interested in the intersection between art and architecture, Himmer believes her work is best displayed in an urban environment, even preferring bare concrete walls.
What does it all mean?
Yatzer has a great interview with the artist over on their website. Here's an excerpt:
“The Sequin system is a hyper commercial product that comes from the world of advertising and display. Within this context, the sequin's constant movement and flickering is desirable as a means of catching the consumer's eye. Meanwhile I was interested in how these visual qualities also recall how landscapes respond to changes in wind and light.
“I moved from Denmark to Reykjavik in 2005 and the Series came as a response to my encounter with Icelandic nature and culture. In this context the sequins operate on dual levels. As they scintillate like water, ice or lava, they have an immediate visual and formal quality, which, in this framework, addresses the relationship between the natural and the artificial. Meanwhile, extracted from the commercial world, they serve as a critique of the increasing and disturbing commodification of Icelandic nature.”