Posts Tagged ‘art installation’

Event Horizon

April 18, 2010

The Madison Square Park Conservancy is currently presenting  a unique street art installation entitled Event Horizon, by acclaimed artist Antony Gormley.

Event Horizon, consists of 31 life sized body forms cast in iron and fiberglass. The sculptures inhabit paths in Madison Square Park, as well as the rooftops of surrounding buildings in New York City’s Flatiron district.

Part of the pleasure in viewing this work, is finding the sculptures themselves.

Says Gormley,” The field of the installation should have no defining boundaries. The gaze is the principle dynamic of the work; the idea of looking and finding, or looking and seeking, and in the process perhaps re-assessing your own position in the world. In encountering these peripheral things, perhaps one becomes more aware of one’s status of embedment.”

Event Horizon will be on exhibit through August 15, 2010.

Madison Square Park begins at the corner of 5th Avenue and 23rd Street and is 6.2 acres in size. The work can be found within the park itself, but most of the sculptures are on surrounding rooftops.

photo: James Ewing

The Fabric of Peace

February 12, 2010

Friends Seminary has commissioned artist Derick Melander to create a textile sculpture commemorating this year’s Peace Week theme, “Beyond the Numbers: The Economics of Peace”.

The purpose of the installation is to highlight one thread of our waste consciousness: clothing.

The installation, which went up this week, encourages the average consumer to ask:
What does clothing signify in our culture?
How much of what we own do we actually use?
How much clothing do we really need?
How can we help clothe someone in need?
What are the environmental implications of discarded clothing?

The Friends Seminary community has collected more than 1500 pounds of clothing to create the sculpture. Last week, students, parents, faculty and staff folded and stacked the clothing to create the work, entitled “The Fabric of Peace”.

The installation will be dismantled at the end of February, and all of the collected items will be sent to Haiti for victims of the recent earthquake.

photo: Spencer Jones


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