Art in the Garden

There are also installations and artworks by renowned artists in the garden of the Giant. 


Swarovski brought a unique outdoor installation by Emirati artist Zeinab Al Hashemi to Dubai Design Week in October 2016. The hexagon – a familiar motif in Al Hashemi’s work – was combined with Swarovski crystals to display 33 hexagonal structures made of mirrored steel and adorned with 1,145 Swarovski crystals as well as mirrored prisms. The horizontal structures, 1.5 meters high and 3 meters wide, open up an infinite series of kaleidoscopic views in which crystals reflect and refract multicolored light. Standing in front of this shimmering geometric mirage, viewers are invited to interact with the reflections and explore the connections between themselves and the world. Each shift in perspective reveals a newly shimmering reality.

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Alpine Garden and Observation Deck

A slightly ascending path through an alpine garden with rare and indigenous plants from the Alps leads visitors to the observation deck on the hills above the Chambers of Wonder at Swarovski Crystal Worlds. A look through the telescopes of SWAROVSKI OPTIK promises a great view of the surrounding area.


"Prima" is a design by the architect Zaha Hadid and impresses with a size of eleven by eight meters. The five modular objects are coated with a metal lacquer and illuminated by LED bands. In 1993 Hadid realized her first building with the fire station on the grounds of the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein. Twenty years later, she translates this design into the sculpture Prima. 

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Prologue III

Larger than life, Prologue III by Fredrikson Stallard combines a patinated steel frame with a veil of Swarovski crystal droplets. Prologue III is simple in its mimicry of water yet complex in its endless nuances, embodying both literal and metaphysical connotations. The circle is the end and the beginning—a cycle of infinite potential.

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The oversized "YES TO ALL" banner by Sylvie Fleury, designed with Swarovski crystals, is visible from far and wide. Its message is a cynical commentary on the consumerism of today’s society and is in dramatic and edgy contrast to its glamorous crystal design.

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Ford Crystal Blue 

The work “Ford Crystal Blue,” created in 2001, pares glass down to its essentials. This creates a transparent architecture that enables the visitor to experience the structure and to feel snug and secure, even as it conveys a feeling of defenselessness. The string of rooms references the serial character of the everyday.  

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Large sculptures that resemble futuristic machines, which seem, however, to have been petrified in the middle of their movement, are characteristic for Bruno Gironcoli. Abstract aspects combine with figural elements to create a surreal, almost extraterrestrial expressive image.

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Kairos from Georgenthal 

The sculpture “Kairos,” named after the Greek god of opportunity and favorable moments, tells the history of Swarovski. The cast of an original-size Wilhelminian-style armoire from the boom years of industrial expansion symbolizes the moment when Daniel Swarovski had the idea to establish his company that is world famous today.

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Conveyor Belt 

Thomas Bayrle has been exploring the motif of the autobahn since the 1980s. In his sculptures, loops of model-like road formations are laid adjacent to, on top of, and opposite each other, using the technique of “looping,” in other words constant repetition of the same motif.

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A recurring theme in the work of Michael Kienzer is the relationship between object and material. His deployment of techniques, such as wrapping, tying, and rolling, which become visible as shifts in context – at second glance – is characteristic for his work.

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UNTITLED (Crystalline Bars) 

The sculpture by Werner Feiersinger consists of two forked branches and a bronze pipe. In contrast to the artificial “skin” of the branches, the bronze will slowly change as time passes. The genesis of his sculpture lies in the sculptural discourse with the crystalline in and of itself.

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UNTITLED (Peter Kogler)

Peter Kogler makes our world, which is increasingly dominated by data streams and electronic communication, his subject, along with two basic elements that distinguish it – the brain and the globe. The globe reflects the physical reality, the brain the unfathomable structures of the thought process. 

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Nature's Piano 

Alois Schild’s works are often inspired by the scenic features of Tyrol, his home region. “Nature’s Piano” is a large sounding body made of steel that recalls the musicality of nature. Visitors can interact with this work of art themselves by creating sounds on it. Why don’t you try it out now!

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The work “Bambini” bears the signature of the creative children who regularly realize their ideas in the Crystal Studio. Together with the young workshop participants, the Tyrolean media artist Peter Sandbichler created the sparkling lettering as an homage to the design talents of tomorrow. 

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The motif of the hare who has human features is characteristic for the British artist Barry Flanagan. In the garden of Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds), he has hares with dowsing rods looking for water – an element that is closely associated with Swarovski and the production of crystal.

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The works of Georg Herold, for which he uses materials like roof timbers, caviar, bricks, and buttons, combine anti-aesthetics with the provocative use of luxury goods. In his sketch-like human figures, he shows how civilization has influenced humans.

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Eyebright (Augentrost) 

The installation “Eyebright” consisting of a series of glass panels arranged in consecutive rows, contains a passage from Germany’s “Basic Law” about a citizen’s fundamental rights. However, the text is only legible if you are looking at the panels from just the right perspective.

>> More information about Hans Magnus Enzensberger 

Fat Bus

The “Fat Bus” is a one-of-a-kind, eye-catching sculpture by Erwin Wurm. His trademark is his reworking of everyday objects in his art.

For Swarovski Crystal Worlds, the Austrian artist chose the VW bus, once the symbol of 1960s hippie culture, and now a truly timeless icon. The work “Fat Bus” is an ironic commentary on our modern lifestyle, torn between the ideal of slimness and physical perfection on the one hand, and increasing levels of obesity on the other.

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Sound installation

Austrian musician Emil Berliner has translated the primarily visual effects of crystal masterfully into sounds and musical tones to create an exciting sound installation. He calculated “crystalline” scales using the mathematical parameters of crystal and used strings and bass to create broad musical textures based on the sounds of crystal. 

On the path to the Giant, the sounds become more intense and combine with natural sounds such as soft birdsong and raindrops to create an almost spiritual atmosphere. Underpinned by sounds of nature, tones inspired by the sea and bells move under the Crystal Cloud, bringing a unique perspective to visitors’ sensory perception.

>> More information about the musician and sound designer Emil Berliner

Audio Sample of the sound installation

under the Crystal Cloud

Highlights in the Garden