Strap on a mask and have your camera at the ready: Wonderspaces reopened inside Scottsdale Fashion Square and launched nine new exhibits, including Cape Town-based artist Pierre le Riche’s famously vibrant, threaded installation called “Rainbow Room,” boasting multi-colored yarn.
Wonderspaces reopened with not only new artwork but also new health and cleanliness protocols in place.
Protocols include checking temperatures upon arrival, significantly reducing the number of visitors who enter the show every 15 minutes, making hand sanitizer readily available, cleaning commonly touched surfaces with greater frequency, and two ventilation units will continuously pull air out of the space during operating hours.
All team members and visitors are required to wear face coverings at all times, except when eating or drinking; and visitors who do not bring their own mask will be given one at check-in. Children under 6 are not required to wear a face covering.
Wonderspaces will also limit face-to-face interactions between visitors and their team at reception and at the bar, which now has plexiglass barriers.
They also only sell tickets online, eliminating the use of cash.
“These measures will change over time, and our current policies will always be available on our website,” said Wonderspaces Arizona General Manager Leilani Hudson. “Our show hours will also be limited through the end of the month.”
Wonderspaces’ new artworks include “Into The Breath” by Stefano Ogliari Badessi, “Fuji” by Joanie Lemercier, “Put Your Head Into a Gallery” by Tezi Gabunia, and the aforementioned “Rainbow Room.”
The Rainbow Room is constructed from more than 10 miles of acrylic thread representing the colors of the pride flag.
Inside, guests will see the 1995 rugby world cup final match playing on the TV positioned in the center of a traditional Afrikaan family living room.
“The installation reflects the artist’s experience growing up as a gay man in conservative South Africa, and is intended to stimulate a dialogue about identity, exploring struggles of discrimination, acceptance, and masculinity,” Wonderspaces states on its website.
The most popular new installation, according to Hudson, is “Fuji,” an audiovisual artwork part of Joanie Lemercier’s volcano series that combines a large-scale, hand-drawn landscape depiction of Fujiyama augmented by a layer of projected light.
“The installation recreates an abstracted version of the story of Princess Kaguya or ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.’ This is considered the oldest Japanese fictional narrative or folktale,” Hudson said.
“By using illumination and motion as symbolic elements, the characters and emotional characteristics of the story are transformed into light.”
Wonderspaces plans to rotate one to two new artworks from around the world into its show every one to two months.
“Our mission is to create a shared understanding through shared experiences. The artists and artworks featured in our shows prompt us to question our reality,” Hudson explained.
“The installations rewrite the laws that govern the physical world and our interactions with it,” she continued. “Departing from what we know to be true, they offer glimpses into what else there can be, moments where their realities become ours.”
Wonderspaces recently opened its Austin and Philly locations.