Art Sends Londoners to Sleep

By Matt_Crossick Last edited 123 months ago
Art Sends Londoners to Sleep

Those of you who are blind to the delights of the modern art world will be relieved to hear that the Tate Modern is thinking of you. Next time you are reluctantly dragged down to a blockbuster exhibition, you can ditch your date and have a kip in one of hundreds of beds set up in the Turbine Hall.

Of course, their is more to the bunk beds than simply catering to the art-weary. They are part of an apocalyptic installation by French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. while the bare bunks create a refugee-camp feel in the vast concrete space, the sound of a man-made storm lashing the roof and bleak sci-fi visions of the future play all around you.

Books dealing with life after the apocalypse litter the beds, and visitors are invited to rest up on the bunks and soak up the prospect of London after world war III, or decades of global warming. Basically, a little light relief from the Rothko room then.

The latest in a long series of challenging large-scale works to be shown in the space, the installation will be on display until April. Get down there quick – Londonist has already bagsied the top bunk...

Photo courtesy of Janrito Karamazov's ’s Photostream under the Creative Commons license.

Last Updated 13 October 2008