It goes to show that often the most simple ideas can lead to most dramatic results.
The notion of architecture and man's role in that environment is clear. That's an excellent study and worthy of contemplation. However, I find myself looking at it from the opposite end.
It's an interesting study in voids. What open space means and what open space does. This collection of chairs is stuffed into this space as a whole. It fills the void left between the building on the left and the building on the right.
However, there's space between the chairs. For humans, this space is inhabitable. But smaller creatures like spiders and mice would have a field day here. It's a complex network. The contrasting use of voids is what really makes this piece work.
As far as the folks who left negative comments; I think whatever interpretation people bring to this piece reflects their outlook on life.
That's funny (and very true) that the interpretation that someone gives is actually an interpretation on themself!
As you said moose, "But smaller creatures like spiders and mice would have a field day here." It's like a super huge jungle gym for mice.
one of my college roomies had a couple of "controversial" art pieces back in college. One which I really enjoyed was a wall totally covered in those free AOL Floppies they used to send out.
The other one was a wall of broken down cardboard boxes stapled to it. Even professors were perplexed. I didn't like it, but it did what art is supposed to do: elicit a reaction
Overwhelming, yes. It looks a lot like banksy's.
Moi, which one of banksy's works?
I think people tend to over analyse art, which to my mind takes away from the enjoyment.
In this case, isn't it enough to see a huge space filled with chairs (where there ought to be a building) and enjoy the "WTF?!" moment?
Seriously.. enjoy the quirky, the unusual, the unexplained and unexpected for what it is. Nobody tries to find a meaning behind fireworks, beyond the fact that they're pretty... more of us should approach art in exactly the same way.
I bet people would like this a lot more now with facebook, twitter, and tumblr. People would go up to it and be like "wow! I'm so gonna tweet this!"