This Huge Art Installation Is Inspired By the LHC

Images: Hannelore Foerster / Stringer

The Amer­ican artist Peter Halley has taken over 5,000 square feet of the Schirn Kunsthalle exhibition hall in Frank­furt, turning its huge rotunda into a futuristic exploration of architecture and space that’s inspired in part by the LHC.

Best known for his Day-Glo paintings from the 1980s, Halley uses similar vivid glowing colors in this instal­la­tion too. While developing it, he apparently thought about other structures that shared the geometry of the Schirn’s rotunda, settling on the Large Hadron Collider. He apparently “imag­ined the Rotunda itself as a high-energy collider full of explo­sive energy bathed in light,” according to the Schirn.


Called The Schirn Ring, the installation is open to the public from May 12th to August 21st.



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