Immersive Spaces



Winter Scenery of Mochou Lake, Nanjing City, China 

The so-called “immersive” exhibit shows what it might be like to see with birds’ ultraviolet vision or hear with whales’ ultra-low frequency hearing.

Jiang Pengyi, Everything Illuminates (My Modern Met)

Chinese artist Jiang Pengyi mixes liquid wax and fluorescent powder onto objects to create surreal art you can’t get out of your mind. He lets the fluorescence trace the objects’ forms and then watches how the mixture transforms the inanimate objects into haunting ones. 

Andreas Franke’s photography exhibition gives new meaning to the idea of an immersive exhibit. These photos are currently on on view to the public, free of charge— but you have to dive to get there. 

This ship was purposefully sunk to promote coral reef development off the coast of Florida, and Franke took the unique opportunity to create a self-referential body of work that depicts everyday moments in an extraordinary environment: 

The resulting photographs show a recently sunken ship that hasn’t yet lost its shape but has started to take on a mottled crust of sea life. The images are the perfect backdrop for a series of composite photographs that reveal a relaxed and everyday sort of Atlantis. (Photographer’s Forum)

Quoted article and photos from Photographer’s Forum, additional photos from International Business Times

Here’s a riddle: When is a house not a house? 

When it’s a sandbox, tree house, forest, aquarium, playground, or musical instrument, of course! Fun photos from (check out the rest here).

Diana Al-Hadid (Ignant)

The process of creating her artwork often starts without exactly knowing what she does… Al-Hadid doesn’t make art to show something, but to become interested in something.

Metropolis II (The Movie), sculpture by Chris Burden.

If your commute has been bumming you out, try thinking about it as a work of art! In Chris Burden’s kinetic sculpture (on view at LACMA), small cars and trains zip through a vast network of overpasses and underpasses, whipping around the tops of skyscrapers, diving through dark tunnels, and being hoisted back up to the top to start all over again. 

In Burden’s own words: 

"It wasn’t about trying to make this scale model of something. It was more to evoke the energy of a city." 




Madeline Silcock

Don’t we all just love The Little Prince? I love these little terrariums by Madeline Silcock. (

"The stage is no longer limited to the stage. Forget about access anywhere: who really cares about your opening hours when they’re in the middle of an exciting spacial experience?"

Ultimate Pirate Ship by Kuhl Design+Build.

More photos here. Excerpted from My Modern Met’s exclusive interview, I think this quote from Steve Kuhl (Kuhl Design+Build) describes it best:

Architecture should inspire joy in all forms. It’s easy to forget how much our built environments affect us. The pirate ship helps people remember.