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Nick Cave’s Soundsuits at the Boston ICA

To see more photos and videos of Nick Cave’s colorful creations, explore the Institute of Contemporary Art location page.

Chicago-based artist Nick Cave constructs his signature “Soundsuits”—vivid, noise-making costumes—from discarded and rediscovered materials. The suits’ varied and whimsical forms directly reflect Cave’s training as a dancer and are often used in dance performances.

The Soundsuits’ origins are darker than their vibrant colors might suggest. Cave created his first suit in 1992 as a response to the Rodney King beating. He told the Washington Post, “I built this sort of suit of armor, and by putting it on, I realized that I could a make a sound from moving in it. It made me think of ideas around protest, and how we should be a voice and speak louder.”

Cave’s suits, along with several freestanding sculptures and paintings, are on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art through May 4.


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The Wavy Lines of Hundertwasserhaus

To view more photos and videos from Hundertwasserhaus, explore the Hundertwasserhaus location page.

Austrian painter, architect and sculptor Friedensreich Hundertwasser passionately rejected the straight line, going so far as to call it “godless and immoral.” His Hundertwasserhaus, an apartment complex in Vienna, embodies that commitment to irregularity. Built between 1983 and 1985 with architects Joseph Krawina and Peter Pelikan, the building has undulating floors, a grass-covered roof and 250 trees growing inside the rooms, their limbs reaching out windows. The Hundertwasser House is now one of Vienna’s most visited buildings and a part of Austria’s cultural heritage.


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Strolling along Henderson Wave Bridge

To see more photos and videos of the bridge, explore the Henderson Wave location page on Instagram.

At 83 meters (274 feet) long and 36 meters (118 feet) above Henderson Road in Singapore, the Henderson Wave is known not only for being the highest pedestrian and cycle bridge in the country, but also for its unique wave-like architecture. A collaboration between London-based designer George L. Legendre, structural firm Adams Kara Taylor Engineers and Singaporean RSP architects and engineers, the bridge stretches out in a U-shape and sustains seven half-domes made of steel ribs alternating above and below one side of the bridge’s wooden deck.

The bridge acts as a pathway between two parks in a mountainous area, and locals enjoy strolling along the bridge or relaxing on the benches inside the domes. At night, the domes emit a soft glow formed by LED lighting that accent the curves of the structure.


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Exploring the Nelson Mandela Statue in Pretoria

To see more photos and videos of the new Nelson Mandela statue, explore the Union Buildings location page.

In Pretoria, South Africa, a statue of the former president Nelson Mandela stands out across the skyline. The statue was unveiled on South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation, a public holiday which marks the end of racial conflict in South Africa, shortly after Mandela passed away at the age of 95.

Standing nine meters (30 feet) tall in front of the Union Buildings at the government headquarters, the bronze statue shows Mandela’s hands outstretched to show how he embraced the whole nation. Sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren also hid a bronze rabbit in Mandela’s ear, symbolizing the haste with which they took to finish the statue.


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Graced with Light

For more photos and videos from the Graced with Light installation, explore the Grace Cathedral location page.

This month marks the last opportunity to see Graced with Light, artist Anne Patterson’s year-long installation in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral (@gracecathedral).

Commissioned in 2013 as Grace Cathedral’s artist in residence, Patterson strung nearly 32 kilometers (20 miles) of multicolored ribbons from the Cathedral’s vaulted ceilings. Illuminated from above and by light streaming in through the cathedral’s windows, the ribbons represent pathways of light carrying the prayers and dreams of visitors skyward.


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Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North

To see more photos and videos from Gormley’s sculpture explore the Angel of the North location page.

Antony Gormley’s massive sculpture, Angel of the North, is the largest sculpture in England. Towering over the towns of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, the Angel weighs 200 metric tons (440,924 pounds) and has a wingspan of 54 meters (177 feet). It was built above the Lower Tyne Colliery where thousands of coal miners worked over the past three centuries. Upon erecting the sculpture in 1998, Gormley hoped his piece would convey hope during difficult times as the hard labor of the industrial age gave way to the advances of the age of information. Nowadays, thousands of tourists and Instagrammers find Angel of the North to be a source of creative inspiration as they gather to shoot the piece from unique angles and capture the work’s monumental scale.


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Reclaiming Penang’s Old Hin Bus Depot with Art

For more photos from Ernest Zacharevic’s solo exhibition in Penang, Malaysia, explore the Hin Company Bus Depot location page.

A reclaimed bus depot in Penang, Malaysia, is home to the first solo show by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic (@ernestzacharevic). Adorning the Hin Company Bus Depot with dozens of murals and other site-specific installations, Zacharevic challenges the distinction between decay and art in an exhibit he’s named “Art is Rubbish/Rubbish is Art.”

The show, which opened on January 17 and runs through February 14, is free and open to the public. Learn more about Zacharevic’s work here.


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Robert Smithson’s Ever-Changing Spiral Jetty

To see more photos and videos of Spiral Jetty, explore the Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty location page.

Over the course of six days in 1970, American land artist Robert Smithson created his greatest work: Spiral Jetty. The 1,500-foot-long (460-meter) curlicue made of basalt rock juts from the shore of Utah’s rose-colored Great Salt Lake and constantly changes with the surrounding environment. Two years after Smithson finished the sculpture, rising water levels submerged the entire artwork for decades. When recent droughts lowered the height of the lake the artwork reemerged, though its appearance had changed dramatically. The once-black rocks are now whitened by salt crystals and silt. Fortunately, Instagrammers have made the trek to rural Utah to see and capture Spiral Jetty in person while it’s still visible.


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Exploring the Site of Reversible Destiny (養老天命反転地) in Gifu, Japan

To see more photos and videos of the park’s abstract mazes and other extraordinary constructions, explore the Site of Reversible Destiny - Yoro Park (養老天命反転地) location page.

This week, we visit the Site of Reversible Destiny - Yoro Park (養老天命反転地) in Gifu, Japan, an exploration park created in 1995 by contemporary artist Shusaku Arakawa and poet Madeline Gins.

Just as eccentric as the name sounds, the park contains structures such as mazes, paths, mounds and hallows, which are designed to be physically disorientating. The two main areas of the park, the “Critical Resemblance House” and the “Elliptical Field,” take visitors through perception-bending courses with gigantic maps, unnaturally arranged furniture and strangely shaped buildings.


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Reopening an Abandoned Glass Factory for the Shenzhen Biennale

To view more photos and videos from the Shenzhen Biennale, browse the #ShenzhenBiennale hashtag or visit the Value Factory location page.

This week’s Art Thursday takes us to a port city in southern China and a hill of shipping containers. The fifth Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (深港城市\建筑双城双年展) opened last month with simultaneous shows in the cities of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. For the Shenzhen show in Guangdong province, the event has transformed abandoned factories into exhibitions with spiraling staircases and viewing platforms.

One of the exhibition venues at the biennale is the Value Factory—a giant, derelict glass factory with 43,000 square meters of floor area. Until 2009, the space was the production hall for the Guangdong Float Glass company, but it is now an open exhibition space producing ideas and inspiration with an elevated walkway and glowing handrails. The rest of the factory is home to exhibition spaces for the next three months with shows from cultural institutions across the globe including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (@vamuseum) and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (@themuseumofmodernart).