Umbrellas are used over and over again in art installations. They offer a unique mix of properties: relatively cheap, available in large quantities, lovely to look at, and they have the implication of protecting a person from the elements – a temporary shelter. They can be really cute (my first umbrella was bright yellow with a duck shaped handle), or they can be serious, black and businesslike.
Using an underpinning armature of wooden dowels and wires, the umbrellas are inserted handle side in to form a sphere.
Much of what I like about it is the spikey nature of the closed umbrellas – they could all be open or all be closed. The sculpture changes shape quite a bit with the opening or closing of each one. Only when open does an umbrella create a shelter.
The work also makes some great shadows when lit from within.
All images from the Oz Collective website