Holoscenes is a multi-format work of installation art by Los Angeles artist Lars Jan.

Holoscenes performs in the Surfers Paradise, Queensland during 2018 Commonwealth Games, 02.jpg
Holoscenes performs in the Surfers Paradise, Queensland during 2018 Commonwealth Games
ArtistLars Jan
Year21st century
MediumInstallation art
SubjectClimate change


Holoscenes, features a single totemic, aquarium-like sculpture sited in public space, standing thirteen feet tall and viewable from 360 degrees. [1]

In an allegory of the rising sea levels produced by climate change,[2] the aquarium is animated by a powerful custom hydraulic system that pumps up to 15 tons of water in and out in less than a minute, creating a series of mini-floods to which the performers must adapt. Over the course of several hours, a series of performers play variously the guitar, sell fruit, don an abaya, uncoil a garden hose, and perform other familiar tasks as the water rises and falls around each in turn.[3]


The piece has been shown/performed during The Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, Australia (2018); [4] Times Square Arts & World Science Festival, New York (2017);[5] Art Abu Dhabi NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE (2016);[6] London's Burning Festival (2016); Art Basel, Miami Beach (2015); at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota (2015); Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2014);[7] and at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2015).[8][9]

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  1. ^ "HOLOSCENES". Early Morning Opera. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  2. ^ Alvarez, Lizette (4 December 2015). "Water as a Climate-Change Gut Punch in a City Defined by an Ocean". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  3. ^ "MDC Live Arts' 'Holoscenes' Explores Life Underwater". Miami New Times. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Holoscenes | Lars Jan / Early Morning Opera (USA) | Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games". Gold Coast 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  5. ^ "Times Square Arts: Holoscenes". arts.timessquarenyc.org. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  6. ^ "HOLOSCENES — NYUAD Arts Center". NYUAD Arts Center. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  7. ^ Andrew-Gee, Eric (4 October 2014). "Toronto's Nuit Blanche 2014 brings out art lovers, street partiers alike". Toronto Star. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  8. ^ Schroeder, Amy Newlove (27 January 2015). "Artist Lars Jan Puts the Life Aquatic on Display". Los Angeles. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  9. ^ Gelt, Jessica (18 February 2015). "Floodwaters Make Statement in 'Holoscenes' at Museum of California Art". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 December 2015.