APOLLO'S prize for best pavilion, however, goes to Austria. A forty-metre-high mountain has sprung up and enveloped the building, the corners of which occasionally protrude from the artificial rock face. Hans Schabus's The Last Land is a wooden structure, complete with staircases, covered with a basic roofing fabric. Visitors enter the mountain, and take the wooden stairs into the building, then through a gap in its roof--where broken paint and metal girders become visible--to the peak, where a chimney-like balcony offers (apart from vertigo) a view of the nearby pavilions. While much contemporary art is in the form of installations, few have collapsed so completely the interior and exterior of a gallery.
Category: Artwork - Sculpture