Look Again: 6 Art Installations Defy Expectations

Labyrinth by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. A maze formed from 16-foot-tall steel panels, which would measure nearly 1 mile laid end-to-end, covers 15,000 square feet at a former coal mine. Photography by Filip Dujardin.

Labyrinth by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. A maze formed from 16-foot-tall steel panels, which would measure nearly 1 mile laid end-to-end, covers 15,000 square feet at a former coal mine. Photography by Filip Dujardin.

Labyrinth by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. A maze formed from 16-foot-tall steel panels, which would measure nearly 1 mile laid end-to-end, covers 15,000 square feet at a former coal mine. Photography by Filip Dujardin.

Tornado, Saga, Japan by Tokujin Yoshioka. To inaugurate the renovation of the Saga Prefectural Art Museum, 2 million custom plastic straws spilled out of a gallery also containing the artist’s inventive furniture. Photography courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka.

Tornado, Saga, Japan by Tokujin Yoshioka. To inaugurate the renovation of the Saga Prefectural Art Museum, 2 million custom plastic straws spilled out of a gallery also containing the artist’s inventive furniture. Photography courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka.

Vaulted Willow, Edmonton, Alberta by Marc Fornes/ TheVeryMany. Inspired by tree roots, then modeled with complex computations in Rhinoceros software, painted aluminum shingles rose to form a folly. Photography courtesy of Marc Fornes/TheVeryMany.

Vaulted Willow, Edmonton, Alberta by Marc Fornes/ TheVeryMany. Inspired by tree roots, then modeled with complex computations in Rhinoceros software, painted aluminum shingles rose to form a folly. Photography courtesy of Marc Fornes/TheVeryMany.

Corner Door and Doorframe and Trittico, Milan by Robert Gober and Damien Hirst. Housing a wide variety of artwork was the goal for Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture in transforming a former distillery complex into the Fondazione Prada. Photography by Attilio Marazano/Fondazione Prada.

Corner Door and Doorframe and Trittico, Milan by Robert Gober and Damien Hirst. Housing a wide variety of artwork was the goal for Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture in transforming a former distillery complex into the Fondazione Prada. Photography by Attilio Marazano/Fondazione Prada.

What the Birds Know, Salem, Massachusetts by Patrick Dougherty. Intertwined basswood, maple, and beech saplings form five giant birdhouses on the grounds of the Peabody Essex Museum. Photography courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum.

What the Birds Know, Salem, Massachusetts by Patrick Dougherty. Intertwined basswood, maple, and beech saplings form five giant birdhouses on the grounds of the Peabody Essex Museum. Photography courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Ekklesia, Valencia, Spain by Miguel Arraiz García and David Moreno Terrón. Ritualistically ignited as a rite of spring, cardboard columns sprouted from a mosaic that mimicked local patterned tile in painted wood instead of ceramic. Photography by Noel Arraiz García.

Ekklesia, Valencia, Spain by Miguel Arraiz García and David Moreno Terrón. Ritualistically ignited as a rite of spring, cardboard columns sprouted from a mosaic that mimicked local patterned tile in painted wood instead of ceramic. Photography by Noel Arraiz García.

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