PHOTOS: Wolfgang Laib Spreads Pollen All Over MoMA’s Atrium

by , 01/25/13
filed under: Art NYC,Manhattan

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Wolfgang Laib, marina Abramovic, The artist is present, Museum of Modern Art, Pollen art, Martha Rosler, Pollen From Hazelnut

Each spring, flecks and granules of pollen dot the air and our clothes and smatter themselves across our windshields — their brilliant color unnoticed in such miniscule amounts. But Laid’s sprawling installation brings to light the boldness of the hazelnut pollen’s hue, reflecting its luminosity and bouncing it off the white room.

Spanning 18 feet by 21 feet on a low platform in the center of the room, the powdery pollen is brushed flat into an even coating of pigment. Since the mid 1990s, Laib has been collecting the pollen from the area around his studio and home in Germany, amassing the epic amount that is on show in the museum today.

Visitors can circle the installation in the atrium, or climb to higher vantage points from different floors to look down on the piece, which appears like a Rothko color field painting from the highest floors. Affixed in place, visitors can experience the pollen until March 11th.

+ Museum of Modern Art

Images ©Lori Zimmer for Inhabitat



  1. Allie63 May 21, 2014 at 3:06 am
    Words fail me. So does inspiration. :/
  2. Mark Baylor September 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm
    If this passes for "Art", I no longer question why people find a family trip to the Art Museum to be a waste of time. :( Pretty sure this is NOT what Da Vinci had in mind when he said "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication".