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Installation

Live peacocks housed in large gold birdcages

Mircea Cantor, 'The Need for Uncertainty' (installation detail), 2008.

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(c) The artist, courtesy Yvon Lambert, Paris, New York. Photo: Andy Keate

Groups of green, red, pink and blue bottle tops threaded onto cotton and suspended.

Francoise Dupre, 'Autres mers(2)', bottle top hanging installation, 2008.

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Courtesy of the artist and Axis.

Installation using a variety of media including beads & found objects. Backdrop of  star cut outs.

Hew Locke, 'Starchitect' (installation view, ArtSway), 2011. Mixed media, Variable dimensions.

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Courtesy of: Hew Locke and Hales Gallery, London. Photography by: Mark Segal. Copyright: Hew Locke

The term installation was coined in the 1970s to describe artwork that of any form or size that inhibits a space inside or outside a gallery, which is often site-specific. 

Installations are typically three-dimensional and can be made up by a variety of material and medium. They can be indefinite or temporary and viewers can find themselves walking around a piece, contemplating it from a distance or immersing themselves in the space of the work itself. 

It is common for installations to be specially commissioned for sites.  If someone is interested in buying a site-specific installation an artist may be willing to adapt the original for a new setting or create a similar piece.

I was actually pleased to have the housekeeper move out and be replaced by Jason Rhoades and Matthew Barney.

Norah Stone, Collector, San Francisco. Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector's Handbook by Louisa Buck and Judith Greer, Cultureshock Media, 2006

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