Walking into Yayoi Kusama’s mind-boggling Infinity Room at The Broad in Los Angeles feels like entering into an eternity of time and space. “No image or text can make you understand what it is to feel those sensations,” says Bridget McCarthy, Editor of Destination Art: 500 Artworks worth the Trip, a new publication by Phaidon that provides a guide to contemporary sculptures and installations and how to find them. Divided into seven regions – Australasia, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America – the featured pieces are grouped geographically, with country maps and GPS coordinates interspersed throughout each section. The aim of the book is simple: to provide a comprehensive guide to public art in city centres, parks and memorials designed by prominent figures – including Marina Abramović, Alexander Calder, Jenny Holzer and James Turrell – and perhaps, as a result, to encourage people to leave their smartphones, computers and books and to journey to see the real thing.
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1. James Turrell, House of Light, 2000, 2891 Uenok, Tkamachi, Niigata 948-0122, Japan. Image: Echigo-Tsumari Art Field. Courtesy Pace Gallery. © James Turrell. Photo: Tsutomu Yamada.