The “Anemone” installation is part of a genre of visual works of art that invite audience participation. Some other examples created over the past seventy years bridging the world of art and play can be seen on the website www.playart.org . The “Anemone,” reminded me of the tubing used in the constructions made by children with Curvilinear. The flexible transparent and colored tubes in this set provide an open-ended material for children to create a variety of forms – certainly less formal, and perhaps, less intentional than “Anemone.” Blocks and construction toys, consisting of loose parts, invite interaction. They are meant to be touched, turned, and transformed into a myriad of constructions that also appeal on an aesthetic level.
“Anemone is an art installation aimed at waving together aesthetic experience and tactile engagement- a combination generally considered off limits within the world of contemporary art. All too often, art installations are considered precious, almost sacred objects; while they are meant to be appreciated for their aesthetic beauty, they offer little in terms of human interaction. In other words, they are meant to be seen, not felt. Recognizing that human engagement is one of the key factors in creating a rich experience, Anemone has been designed with the idea of interaction as one of its key design objectives.” Anemone Installation / Oyler Wu Collaborative :Lidija Grozdanic | February – 21 – 2012