Dream Rooms: 14 Unreal-Feeling Art Gallery Transformations

Green Room by Kyung Woo Han

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It’s virtually impossible to tell what’s actually happening in photographs of ‘Green Room,‘ an installation by South Korean artist Kyung Woo Han. The space seems to bend and reflect itself, and it’s unclear from afar whether there are mirrors or optical illusion paint techniques involved. It’s actually just a subtle shift in green tones midway up the gallery walls, with modified furniture strung within the space using clear wires.

Thread Rainbows by Gabriel Dawe

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Complex twisting and intertwining rainbows appear in galleries, shops, churches and other unlikely-seeming interior spaces in the Plexus series by Gabriel Dawe. Inspired by the vibrancy of his hometown of Mexico City, the rainbow installations aim “to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day.”

Incredible Infinity Rooms Full of Stars

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Gazing at this shimmering field of darkness and light, it feels like you could just walk on and on forever within a celestial dreamscape, but in reality, you’d soon bump into a wall. Famed artist Yayoi Kusama staggered LED lights like stars within a space entirely covered in mirrors to create ‘Infinity Rooms.’

Riverbed in the Museum of Modern Art

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Disconnected from its real-world environment, a riverbed flows within an eerily white-walled space. The site-specific installation by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson seems to transplant one disparate space into another. What you’re looking at is actually a recreation of what the site of the gallery looked like before it was developed, recreating an environment that has been lost to time.