Black Clown Carousel
Steel, synthetic leather, fiberglass, light bulbs, electric motor
H 126 x diam. 196.8 inches
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Carsten Höller is famous for exploring the narrow line between art and entertainment. With the Carousels, central to the artist’s work, he combines a familiar form linked to childhood with a physical experience and a new mode of perception. The artist has deliberately altered the speed, direction, and materials used in the merry-go-round, so that the visitor, who is invited to participate in this experience, is left confused, disoriented, and full of doubt. In this way, the consensual representation of the carousel, and, by extension, of our childhood memories, is jeopardized by a device that individualises our sensory perception.