When I saw this I just had to share it with you. What drew me was the crochet covered furniture and, what seemed like, crocheted balloons in the ceiling. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be crochet covered rugby balls.
It all makes perfect sense when you read what Designboom says about the art installation:
the ‘rainbow room’ installation by cape town-based designer pierre le riche takes a critical look at the sociological implications of afrikaner masculine hegemony on homosexuality in post-apartheid south africa. the intervention, built from 17km of acrylic thread in colours of the gay pride flag, represents a traditional afrikaan family living room in the midst of the 1995 rugby world cup final match displayed on a television; an incredibly significant point in south african history, and perhaps the last chance the afrikaner male had to ‘prove his superiority’. through an implementation of colorful and playful yarn bombs onto traditional pieces of furniture and over 150 rugby balls, the concept of homosexuality and masculinity is juxtaposed, questioning the acceptance of same-sex relations.
I was in Grade 12 when South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995. It really was a huuuuuge deal. What better way to juxtapose masculinity and homosexuality than with pink crochet covered rugby balls?! South African men are crazy about rugby, so I totally get what Pierre le Riche is trying to say with this installation. Well thought out and and brilliantly executed, Pierre.