String, on its own, doesn't seem particularly exciting — but in the hands of the right artists, these little threads take on a beautiful, ephermeral quality. Read on to see photos of nine of our favorite string art installations.
The installation above, by Anne Patterson (via Yellowtrace) is actually made of ribbon, and not string. According to the artist, the 1,100 ribbons, installed in a San Francisco church, represent "“a series of light pathways, connecting heaven and earth."
This installation, by Anne Lindberg, is made of thousands of tiny threads pulled taut with staples. Seen from afar, they almost seem to glow — like a Rothko painting made of a thousand tiny strings.
These fascinating three-dimensional installations are by L.A. artist Aili Schmeltz.
Another installation by Gabriel Dawe, in gorgeous rainbow colors.
The string art we've seen above is exuberantly colorful, but this one is a little darker (in color and in tone). A burned piano and chairs are surrounded by a black web, evoking a feeling of desolation. Work of artist Chiharu Shiota, via My Modern Met.
This room full of pink string, by Anna Kostreva (via Yellowtrace) might be my favorite, because it was made specifically for interaction. The space was the setting of a dance party, where presumably a lot of people wound up with string in their drinks. Guess my invitation got lost in the mail.