7 Environmentally Engaging Art Installations

Pollution Pods by Michael Pinsky. Trondheim, Norway. Each of five connected geodesic domes, in spruce and PVC, contained a simulated atmosphere progressing from the crisp air of Norway to polluted China. Photography courtesy of Michael Pinsky.

Middle Fork by John Grade. A familiar form in the Pacific Northwest, an old-growth western hemlock was reproduced in cedar for the Seattle Art Museum’s lobby by Allied Works Architecture. Photography by Benjamin Benschneider.

Creating the cast of an old-growth western hemlock for Middle Fork  by John Grade. Seattle. Photography courtesy of John Grade.

Installation #05 by CAAT Studio. Tehran, Iran. Photography by Parham Taghioff. 

Installation #05 by CAAT Studio. Tehran, Iran. Visitors to the extensive Mellat Park can reflect on their surroundings while cradled by steel cables that are stretched between arcs in painted steel. Photography by Parham Taghioff. 

Null Stern by Atelier für Sonderaufgaben. Gonten, Switzerland. Adventurous guests can experience the Alps without interference by booking a “hotel room” dug into a grassy hillside and lined in larch. Photography by Claudio Baeggli. 

Null Stern by Atelier für Sonderaufgaben. Gonten, Switzerland. Photography by Claudio Baeggli. 

Null Stern by Atelier für Sonderaufgaben. Gonten, Switzerland. Photography by Claudio Baeggli. 

Null Stern by Atelier für Sonderaufgaben. Gonten, Switzerland. Photography by Claudio Baeggli. 

Inside the Flower by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture and Janet Laurence. Berlin. The botanical structure of medicinal plants to be displayed inside a pavilion inspired its shape, built from stainless steel and plastic for the Internationale Garten Ausstellung. Photography by Leslie Ranzoni.

Inside the Flower by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture and Janet Laurence. Berlin. The botanical structure of medicinal plants to be displayed inside a pavilion inspired its shape, built from stainless steel and plastic for the Internationale Garten Ausstellung. Photography by Michael Gessner.

The Flock by Bean Buro Limited. Hong Kong. Bringing whimsy to industrial environs, pulsating LEDs housed in columns of powder-coated aluminum mesh welcome visitors to Kerry Logistics Network Limited. Photography courtesy of the designers. 

The Flock by Bean Buro Limited. Hong Kong. Bringing whimsy to industrial environs, pulsating LEDs housed in columns of powder-coated aluminum mesh welcome visitors to Kerry Logistics Network Limited. Photography courtesy of the designers. 

Support by Lorenzo Quinn. Venice. Commenting on rising sea levels, monumental hands of polystyrene-covered steel emerge from the Grand Canal to grasp the 15th-century facade of the Ca’Sagredo Hotel. Photography courtesy of Lorenzo Quinn.

Support by Lorenzo Quinn. Venice. Commenting on rising sea levels, monumental hands of polystyrene-covered steel emerge from the Grand Canal to grasp the 15th-century facade of the Ca’Sagredo Hotel. Photography courtesy of Lorenzo Quinn.

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