Pascal Dombis, Irrational Geometrics, 2008.

What is Installation Art

Regia Marinho


The creation of an experience in a particular environment.

A form of art, developed in the late 1950s.

“Do you know that I don’t have any artworks that exist? They all go away when they’re finished. Only the preparatory drawings, and collages are left, giving my works an almost legendary character. I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.”
— Christo

This is an amazing example of installation art.

L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961–2021. Le film du projet de Christo & Jeanne-Claude.

Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific. It is created to transform the perception of a space.

It’s usually a large-scale, mixed-media construction, usually designed for a specific place or for a temporary period of time.

This is a beautiful example of installation art.

Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View 1991. Cornelia Parker Tate.

Installation Art is usually applied to interior spaces.

Site-specific art

The term refers to a work of art designed specifically for a particular location and that has an interrelationship with the location.

Site-specific art is artwork created to exist in a certain place. The artist takes the location into account while planning and creating the artwork.

Site-specific art includes sculpture, stencil graffiti, rock balancing, and other art forms.

When installations are outside are called public art, art intervention, or land art. They mean almost the same thing.

Land Art



Regia Marinho

I write about ideas, technology, the future and inspire the world through art. Artist. Civil engineer.