There appears to be a growing trend to use World Heritage Sites as locations for large (albeit temporary) "Art Installations". These are often justified on the basis that they help the viewing public appreciate the values of the WHS! Call me cynical, but I wonder if the real reason isn't more self serving – a WHS represents a heaven-made opportunity for an artist to show off his/her work to a captive public, gain much publicity and, no doubt make some money as well. In between these 2 extremes it could be said that the spaces offered by WHS do provide a good location for exhibiting large artworks and that there is no need to get too "precious" about linking the meaning of the artwork to the site itself.
An obvious concern is that there should be no permanent damage to the WHS arising from the installation. Another is that the artwork shouldn't detract from the visiting experience of those who have come to appreciate the inherent values of the site. I personally was not "pleased" to discover that Carcassonne's exterior had been disfigured when I visited last year ( My review
) and felt that the whole thing was just typical of the "Disneyfication" of the site. On the other hand I found the WWI commemorative Art work at the Tower of London very successful. I am just not sure about the new Anthony Gormley installation on the Island of Delos – We visited 2 years ago and my feeling is that the island can probably take it. Conversely I would not be pleased to turn up at Pompeii or Herculaneum having paid for my ticket only to discover that the Houses of the Beautiful Courtyard and the Cryptoporticus had been transformed in order to "create a new dialogue between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.
What do other WHS Travellers think about the use of WHS for these purposes?
I have wondered if we should begin to "collect" records of these installations – possibly as a "Connection". A difficulty might be that there could be just so many of them and I am not sure how we could limit them to "significant" ones. We could exclude installations in Cities since almost every city is likely to have such an installation at some time or another. ....
Anyway – here are links to the 4 Art Installations I mention above!Delos https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/04/antony-gormley-delos-island-ancient-greece-new-works
andhttps://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/may/04/gormley-on-delos-in-picturesCarcassonnehttps://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/controversy-over-art-installation-stonework-one-france-s-greatest-medieval-sites-021902Pompeii/Herculaneumhttps://www.artlyst.com/news/pompeii-contemporary-art-merge-newcastle-university-site-specific-installation/Tower of Londonhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Swept_Lands_and_Seas_of_Red
Have Forum members experienced or do they know of any other examples - whether egregious or successful!