Masterful New York-based visual artist Olaf Breuning graced Art Basel Miami Beach with Smoke Grid, a massive, delicate structure that emitted plumes of multi-colored smoke. The installation was part of the ABMB fair in Collins Park, an open-air exhibition located outside of the confines of the main convention center. Smoke Grid opened on Dec. 4, 2013, at the debut of ABMB, alongside Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms, a rectangular fountain installation. By locating Breuning’s work so close to Hein’s, the artists were able to create a stunning brightly colored cloud by using the brilliant white glow of Hein’s fountain as a backdrop.
Breuning constructed his piece by connecting pipes to build a five-tiered skeleton to which dozens of smoke canisters were duct-taped. The canisters released a flurry of rainbow-hued smoke billows that swirled into a dizzying mass of color, mesmerizing art lovers from all around the world.