Tony Feher Hangs Giant Red Buoys From Akron Art Museum Roof
The museum’s home, renovated in 2007 by Austrian architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, incorporates historic buildings and modern architectural elements, including the dramatic “Roof Cloud,” a steel and aluminum armature cantilevered over the museum and the street below. The 54-inch buoys hang upside down from this striking structure, hovering 20 feet above the street like cheerful wrecking balls.
Making Feher’s vision for the public art installation a reality caused a bit of a spectacle, with lane closures and crowds gawking at the giant crane being used to hoist the buoys in place, as reported by the Akron Beacon Journal.
Feher is known for his ingenious reinterpretation of seemingly mundane materials. In the museum’s interior, he has transformed a simple hallway into a glowing blue passage by embellishing the windows with blue painter’s tape for an installation titled Judith Resnik, in honor of the Akron astronaut who died during the 1986 Challenger explosion.
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