At the 2008 Six Cities Design Festival, New York design firm Sagmeister & Walsh created an over scaled installation of angry white monkeys. One large monkey was installed in each of the Scottish cities of Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Dundee, and Stirling. Each 33-foot tall inflatable structure was placed in a different position, each holding a sign containing one word. The viewer would only be able to put the sentence together if they visited each city, or the sentence was put together for them in the media.
The organizers of the festival wanted to install a piece of art that can be easily consumed by the general public, and something the average viewer could relate to. They did not want something that was made “by designers, for designers.” The monkeys were illustrated by Monika Aichele in Germany and built by Sportogo in California.
What are your thoughts about inflatable structures? You can read about my adventure to visit an inflatable structure show in Brooklyn here.