Guggenheim_Helsinki

Competition

2014

The Elephant in the Room probes at the desire and delight of visitors to “piece together images retained in [their] minds, exerting effort in the act of seeing” — a process that artist, Anish Kapoor describes as creating a “mental sculpture.” The Elephant in the Room cannot be ignored. With its effervescing forms of wonder, the New Guggenheim Art Collection in Helsinki welcomes visitors to contemplate the museum as a place of discovery, imagination and spectacle.

Internally, the Elephant is larger than life and seen as a progression of shifting voids that defy gravity while slipping and sliding through the volume of the museum. The volumes bubble up and shift through the museum to encourage visitors to navigate their way around the void; searching for peeks and points of view that offer only glimpses back in as they shift up through the museum.

Project Credits

Student Interns: Wes Chiang