Hanging Heads at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Sophie Cave was the creator of hanging heads installation at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Ever get that creepy feeling that a hundred set of eyes are watching you? Thanks to Sophie Cave, this nightmare has turned into a reality! The Floating Heads installation at the Kelvingrove Museum in the Scottish city of Glasgow is quite literally turning heads. Cave created over 50 of them, each displaying different emotions including laughter and despair. The heads are completely white, but are lit so that their expressions are accentuated, which gives the installation a somewhat eerie feel.

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This was the first things visitors saw when they enter the museum as the exhibition was in the center hall. So many heads hanging above your own that they can come as something of a shock.  The juxtaposition between the heads and their surroundings an (almost post) Victorian mansion adds to their overall effect. But the reactions to them are just as varied as their expressions.

But what is the main purpose of all this heads? Are they perhaps an ironic comment on what people do when they visit museums?  Certainly the variety of reactions the faces elicit themselves are as diverse as the expressions on the faces. Unusual is certainly a word that springs to mind.

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The expressions look as if they may change at any minute. From hilarity to despair the heads together form a captivating experience.  It can easily be seen why so many visitors to the museum find the faces unnerving – even though the eye constantly returns to them – perhaps to check which of the fifty is checking you out!

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Meet also Crafted Realistic Doll Faces by Michael Zajkov HERE!

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