The Floating Sky

Ursula Palla


The Floating Sky is a site-specific response to the exhibition Monet – The Garden paintings. Mounted on inflated bicycle tubes, 526 acrylic glass mirrors drift on Berlage’s pond, reflecting the sky on the rippling surface of the water. The visual impressions composed by the light and the sky, the weather and the wind, are never the same. Seen from above, the proportions of Berlage’s long and narrow 84 x 28 metre pond resemble those of the monumental panels on which Monet painted his ‘Grandes Décorations’.

Inside the museum, Monet depicts the world on its head, as he draws the visitors’ gaze deep into the reflections on the pond in his water garden in Giverny, broken only by the flowering waterlilies on its surface. Outside, Ursula Palla’s intervention of floating mirrors breaks up the even surface of the water and  places the sky at the feet of the visitors. The Floating Sky offers the visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to relish their own sensory experiences as they walk around the public pond in front of the Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

The Floating Sky has been realized with the support of Pro Helvetia and the Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung. With thanks to the Swiss Embassy in The Hague.

Please note, this installation is no longer on display.