Boltanksi’s No Man’s Land installation
French artist Christian Boltanski’s No Man’s Land is one of the most ambitious installations America has ever experienced. Centred around a five-story crane, Boltanski explores the notion of mortality by incorporating 30 tonnes of discarded clothing, more than 3000 used cookie tins, and the sound of human heartbeats gathered from around the world.
The metal crane randomly drops down to grab clothing pieces at random intervals; reminiscent of those notorious arcade games where you avoid dropping a much sought after prize. The installation highlights Boltanksi’s signature motifs (individuality, anonymity, life and death) spanning across his remarkable 40 year career and is on display at New York’s Park Avenue Armory until June 13.