22 October 2016


One wouldn't expect an art installation entitled Tumor to be especially lovely, but Igor Ballyhoo's new sim-wide creation at MetaLES seems to evoke both beauty and ugliness simultaneously. Something akin to a metallic forest rises from a square platform, the limbs of trees transformed into steel girders stretching through the sky. Several monolithic box-like structures tower one on top the other, each consisting of tightly spaced blocks with textures suggesting concave and convex geometries. (Flying seems to be the best option for exploration.)

"This work is my acknowledgment of greed for material things of human kind which is so powerful that it is going to cost us our own existence. This is not effort to fight it, it is not made in least hope to change anything, it is just a recording of my observation of human society at this point," says the artist. "I dedicate this work to person who unknowingly inspired it, one of the richest people alive, woman who made her fortune on coal digging, Gina Rinehart."

Tumor, which opens today at 11 am slt, will remain on display through November 30. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the photography exhibit 5Y Smoking by Lan (lanjran Choche) (read here), which continues to be shown in a gallery space overhead.