From countryside to desert, city streets to museum and gallery spaces, the oversize artworks featured in this volume present the dazzling variety of large-scale art throughout the world.
When artists think big, big things happen. In Chicagos Millennium Park, thousands of visitors flock daily to Anish Kapoors Cloud Gate to see their wondrously distorted reflections. Christos The Gates mesmerized the citizens of New York City with its bright orange fabric draped throughout Central Park. In Prague, artist David Cernys Gesture either infuriated or delighted its many viewers during the citys recent elections, while Stuart Murdochs Pimms Deckchair brilliantly celebrated the traditional English seaside. Political or whimsical, permanent or fleeting, magical or disturbingeach of these monumental works surprises the viewer by its sheer scale. Captured in double-page spreads with brief introductions, these works are organized by location: outdoors, in the streets, indoor, and museum installations. From Niki de Saint-Phalles magical Tarot Garden to Robert Smithsons intermittently visible Spiral Jetty; from Daniel Firmans enormous stuffed elephant displayed at the Fontainebleau Palace to Doris Salcedos Shibboleth, an enormous fissure she built in Tate Moderns Turbine Halleach of the works featured in this unique book reminds viewers of the immense power of art.