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The Madison Square Park Conservancy just announced the next artist and installation for Madison Square Park this spring, and it’s another bold and original undertaking. This time New York based artist Orly Genger will scale out her painted rope sculptures to new levels, using 1.4 million feet of painted rope to create 3 chambered installations in Madison Square Park that visitors will be able to walk through and interact with. The rope is all re-purposed rope found along the Eastern oceans and waterways and it will be put in place by hand on location by the artist.

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The commissioned work, Red, Yellow and Blue (referencing Barnett Newman’s Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue), will be in the Park this Spring and Summer, and then go on tour to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Boston.

From the artist: “For Madison Square Park I wanted to create a work that would impress in scale but still engage rather than intimidate. In context to my other installations, the rope used for Big Boss (2010) at MASS MoCA will comprise only 10% of the rope used for the project at Madison Square Park, allowing me to work at an unprecedented scale. The tradition of knitting carries the sharing of stories and the installation draws on that idea. The re-purposed rope brings with it the stories of different locations and by knotting it, a space is created for the words and thoughts of viewers in New York City to complete the work, creating a silent dialogue that waves along.”

Until then, you can of course enjoy the Buckyball exhibit currently on display in Madison Square Park. And here are some samples of Orly Genger’s current works, many also made of painted rope (

The sculpture is part of the Madison Square Conservancy’s groundbreaking Madison Square Art public art program. Each season you will find thought-provoking sculptures, structures, video and audio art throughout the park by the most prominent artists in the world including Antony Gormley, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.

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