The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

14. Nest by Dan Colen & Dash Snow, 2007

In the summer of 2007, 30 volunteers spent three days tearing up 2000 New York City telephone books to recreate Dash Snow and Dan Colen's famous, maniacally playful "hamster nest" in the Soho space of Deitch Projects. According to the Deitch Projects' press release, the infamous Nest has had multiple incarnations in "hotel rooms all over the world, existing only in occasional Polaroids, video, and the memories of exasperated hotel staff." While it may be a grim way to look at the piece, it certainly underscores the way its ideas were thought to last and pervade culture, as they still do today.

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