British Artist Phyllida Barlow’s work, dubbed Folly, takes over the British Pavillion at the Venice Biennale this week.
Forty-one giant plaster baubles, looking like a strange host of planets, are dotted throughout the exhibition, welcoming visitors at the entrance and propped up on single rods on the pretty balconies of the 1909 British Pavillion.
The 73-year-old artist’s massive installation at Tate Britain, called Dock, set her up for this gig at the world’s most important art fair and in terms of scale, she does not disappoint.
In the central space of the pavilion, a succession of giant columns dominate the room. These are made out of rough sacking and polystyrene and are juxtaposed with massive boulders and piles of boards that are pushed into different angles of the space.
Visitors have to weave their way through rooms filled with familiar yet strange inanimate objects such as rolls of polystyrene.
The title Folly comes clearly into focus when the artist creates an ugly little balcony jutting out of a wall, mimicking and mocking the gorgeous architecture of the Italian city.
The Venice Biennale runs until November 26.