Cildo Meireles' Pling Pling

Cildo Meireles' Pling Pling

Sarah Coffey
Oct 14, 2009

At the Venice Biennale, we were taken with Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles' installation of saturated color. During a month devoted to color on Apartment Therapy, it's the perfect source of inspiration, since it illustrates the way that colors deepen and change key in relation to one another...

Entrance to Pling Pling, showing one of the corner-mounted TVs

Aptly named Pling Pling, the artwork makes you feel a little like a pinball as you zig-zag through rooms lit by a buzzing flatscreen TV. Standing in each box of color, you catch a glimpse of the next room. You can feel the temperature of a bright yellow grow hotter as it bleeds into orange and cooler as it approaches green. (As you can see from the photos, the installation also demonstrates how difficult it can be to keep a matte painted floor clean!)

Doorways are split down the middle into two colors

Meireles' art is all about color. We featured his monochromatic Red Room, installed at London's Tate Modern, on Apartment Therapy. Although these conceptual installations might be too far-out to be implemented in a living space, they demonstrate the capability of color to completely change the way a room looks and feels.

Cildo Meireles' Red Room at Tate Modern
The Venice Biennale: A Peek Inside
In the Spirit of Matisse: A Reader's Red Studio

Photos: Sarah Coffey

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