Temporary art Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporary_art

Néle Azevedo's Melting human figures in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, UK (2014) are an example of temporary art

Temporary art is art which is created to be exhibited for a short period of time. Temporary art is usually displayed outdoors at public landmarks or in unexpected places. Temporary art is often promoted by cities, or featured in conjunction with events or festivals. Some temporary art has taken the form of melting ice and rotting animals.


Temporary art has been a way to introduce the public to art. Temporary art can be in many forms: murals, rotating sculptures. The installation of temporary art is also used in conjunction with events or festivals.[1] Occasionally temporary art can be used to raise public awareness or it can be used to create fleeting beauty. Occasionally it is displayed in unexpected places.[2]

Occasionally events or festivals will invite temporary art. The 2022 International Nature and Environment Festival is coupled with a Trash Art International Festival in Gödöllő Hungary. It is an example of a film festival which invites temporary art with an environmental theme.[3]

Notable temporary art[edit]

Banksy's flower-throwing protester. (17801207806)
  • 1966 Yoko Ono’s Apple - the exhibit is an apple on a piece of plexiglass. Ono has said, “There is the excitement of the apple decomposing, and then the decision whether or not to replace it, of just thinking of the beauty of the apple after it’s gone.”[4][5]
  • 1990 Damien Hirst created a work of art or installation which could be considered temporary: It was entitled A Thousand Years, and it was a large glass case containing maggots and flies feeding on a rotting cow's head.[6]
  • 2000's Brazilian sculptor Néle Azevedo places small human figures made of ice at landmarks. Some think the artist is making a statement about global warming.[4] He has also used the melting figures to commemorate World War 1.[7]
  • 2011 sculptor Urs Fischer created an untitled wax sculpture. Over the course of five months the sculpture melted.[4]
  • 2015 Hungarian artist Ervin Hervé-Lóránth constructs temporary giant human figures our of polystyrene (see popped up) and calls them works of "public surprise".[8][9]
  • Banksy is an example of an artist who creates temporary art. Much of it takes the form of Graffiti which is seen by many people before being removed by municipalities or ruined by other graffiti. Sometimes his works are removed by others in order to sell. A famous piece of temporary art by Banksy was a framed piece which was auctioned by Sotheby's and was shredded shortly after purchase.[10]


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  5. ^ Bruce Handy (May 2015). "The Two Must-See, Must-Do, Must Step-On Works at Yoko Ono's MoMA Show". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
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  7. ^ "5,000 Melting Ice Sculptures Remember The Victims of WWI". Bored Panda. Archived from the original on 30 September 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  8. ^ Zhang, Jenny (24 October 2014). "Gigantic Man Erupts from the Earth in this Spectacular Outdoor Sculpture". My Modern Met. Archived from the original on 30 December 2021. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  9. ^ Aradi, Peter (9 October 2015). "A giant statue ruins the city". Origo. Archived from the original on 19 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
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