The first would be...
Man Ray's "Glass Tears" (via nytimes.com)
I've always wanted to have this one in a powder room or otherwise luxurious bathroom.
Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog" (via Flickr user Jay)
I just love the ebullient imposingness of this massive piece of serendipity (yes, I said serendipity. Feel free to pelt me with Holly Hobby dolls). I picture Fido here standing guard over my front lawn.
Cai Guo-Qiang's "Infinite River" (via caiguoqiang.com)
No more perfect backyard installation exists. I once saw a thing where a guy constructed a roller coaster for his kids in the backyard; and while that probably scores ever-so-slightly higher on intrinsic fun value, you can't float petals and candles in it during an evening soiree, al fresco. Mmm... art with multi-generational appeal...
Cai Guo-Qiang's "Descending Wolves" (via caiguoqiang.com)
This image was blasted into existence using fireworks. I just love the idea of "capturing" fireworks. Did you ever try to catch a firework's dying embers as a kid during Fourth of July?-- no matter how close you seem, they always disintegrate into a thousand pieces of ash before you can. I'd love to put a massive, wooden frame on this one and put it in an austere, sophisticated living room.
Joelle Bitton's "Abstract" (via hyptypo blog)
I first saw a similar installation at the Cincinnati Children's Museum. As you move in front of the wall, a slower, plasmatic silhouette of yourself appears on the wall and moves in kind. I'd love to have a formal dining room "wallpapered" with "Abstract" to break up the somberness a great big dark table and chairs, as a conversation piece, and because, dining rooms are where great family and friend get-togethers happen. By participating and watching at once, it would heighten the experience.
And, now, I turn this post into a meme to the following five: Which 5 pieces of art would you most like to own, and where might you put them in your home?
Madame Halo of Wicked Halo
Sunshine of Blog Full of Jelly.
Milla of The Girl Who Married a Bear.
Rebecca of The Clothes Horse.
Haley of Fashion Haley.
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