Five curious places to see art

Katie Gatens
06 September 2016

You don’t need to go to a gallery to find art. From Lanzarote’s seabed to the rainforests of Belize, Katie Gatens discovers works of art in more natural habitats

Naoshima, Japan
Docking into the port of Naoshima (accessible by ferry from Uno), you’ll see the signature, speckled pumpkin by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Rent an electric bike and glide over the hills around the island, taking in pit stops at museums and deserted beaches. Sculptures include balancing rhombuses that drift in the breeze and colourful animals by Nikki de Sant Phalle. Don’t miss Art House Project, which sees artists transform empty houses into ramshackle works of art.
British Airways flies to Tokyo

Artscape Nordland, Norway
With art museums being few and far between in sparsely populated northern Norway, this is an international art project that connects locals with contemporary sculpture set over the whole of Nordland. These artworks are even more dramatic against a rugged backdrop of mountains and plunging fjords – check out The Nest in Røst, a monument resembling birds eggs or a spooky metal doorframe leading into a freezing lake. 
British Airways flies to Oslo

Poustinia Land Art Park, Belize
You have to be in the know to find Poustinia Land Art Park – it’s set in dense jungle rainforest in western Belize on what used to be a former cattle farm. Art by international and local creatives is interspersed over 60 acres, with a well-marked trail. But blink and you may miss them: they’re all part of an environmental project that looks to blend art in with the surrounding nature, so expect sculptures in caves and a stone labyrinth on top of an unexcavated Maya. 
British Airways flies to Belize via Miami, with oneworld partner American Airlines

DeCordova Sculpture Park, Massachusetts
Is that a green man escaping the algae-covered lake of Flint’s Pond near Boston? No it’s just an art installation (of course). Avant-garde art is order of the day at DeCordova, which was established in 1950 and features an ever-changing roster of artists. Check out brass human figures slumped on trees and pose next to the two romantic brass hearts – the uncanny surrealism will make you look twice. This is a great park to take kids and there’s even an indoor gallery for rainy days. 
British Airways flies to Boston

The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, India
Started in 1957 by Nek Chand, the government official started collecting waste from various demolition sites across the city of Chandigarh in northern India and creating sculptures from the scrap, including a garden of monkeys, dancing girls assembled from waste ceramic, man-made waterfalls and bridges. The garden was kept secret for 18 years due to the illegal nature of the garden being created on conserved land, but when it was discovered, the public fell in love with the weirdness and voted to keep the land open as public space instead of demolishing it. 
British Airways flies to Delhi

Museo Atlantico, Lanzarote
This surreal display is the first underwater museum in Europe. Don your diving gear and take the plunge off the coast of Lanzarote to artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s sunken Museo Atlantico. Offering an especially topical take on political issues, such as the European refugee crisis, a sunken dingy filled with people lies on the sea floor, while fish weave in between a smiling couple taking a selfie. The eerie sculptures, deprived of air and seemingly ‘forgotten’ under the waves, take on a new meaning in their sparse setting.
British Airways flies to Lanzarote