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In pictures: TH.2058

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has filled the Tate Modern's cavernous Turbine Hall with an exhibition that imagines Londoners seeking refuge from an unspecified environmental disaster.

Animal sculptures

TH.2058 features vast sculptures of animals, which tower over the exhibition's 200 yellow and blue bunk beds. Some, like Louise Bourgeois' spider, look back to previous Turbine Hall installations.


Visitors enter the exhibition through a green and yellow veil. Once inside, they are surrounded by the sound of gushing rainfall and piercing lights that suggest some form of surveillance.


Books like HG Wells' War Of The Worlds and Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451 are placed on the beds. Their themes of humanity under threat echo the dark, claustrophobic nature of the exhibit.


Gonzalez-Foerster says she wants visitors to climb on the beds and read the novels because, as a former museum guard, she was "so shocked to see how little time people spent in front of work".


TH.2058 replaces Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth 2007,a giant subterranean crack that spanned the length of the Turbine Hall.


Previous installations in the 500ft-long hall have included Anish Kapoor's abstract sculpture, Marsyas. It was impossible to see the entire steel and PVC structure from any one position.


Rachel Whiteread's Embankment, unveiled in 2005, consisted of 14,000 white polyethylene boxes. TH.2058 will be on display until 13 April, 2009.

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