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New Madison Square Park art installation features sculptor Rachel Feinstein for summer 2014

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Artist rendering on http://www.madisonsquarepark.org[/caption]

The next New Madison Square Park art installation will be the creation of sculptor Rachel Feinstein and is entitled Folly. It will feature three 18th Century style “follies” (an ornamental building constructed primarily for decoration) from 8feet to 26 feet tall, and made of metal. For this installation the follies will include “a house perched on a towering cliff, a Rococo-style hut, and a flying ship moored high in a tree”.

Staement from the artist: “The Madison Park Conservancy has given me the opportunity to marry my early interest in theatre and performance with my later obsession with the handmade in one of the most spectacular settings. I picture Folly as an empty Fellini-esque set dropped into the middle of a lush green wonderland in the historical Flatiron district of New York City. I have always been driven by the stark contrast between good and evil in old fairy tales. Having this setting, a hidden natural jewel situated within the tall skyscrapers of yesterday and today, will be the perfect backdrop for my theatre, where the real people who occupy the park every day will stand in as Commedia dell’arte performers.

Rachel Feinstein is a New York City-based artist represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery.

It will be up from Thursday, May 1st 2014 through Sunday, September 7th.

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, Orly Genger, Iván Navarro, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.

New water tower art installation by artist Iván Navarro is up in Madison Square Park

water tower artThe water tower art installation is up now in Madison Square Park. It consists of three water tower structures by artist Iván Navarro (Brooklyn; Chile) that are 7 feet in diameter on 8 foot tall legs.

The installation, entitled This Land Is Your Land from the woody Guthrie song, features reflecting neon words and images inside of each tower (Me/We, Bed, and a ladder) and reflects on immigration both figuratively and literally.

From the outside they look like small versions of the water towers you on top of buildings in New York City. But when you walk underneath you look up to see a reflecting neon word or image that goes up infinitely.

You can view them day or night, but we think the best view of the neon reflections is when it is dark outside. They are definitely worth checking out when you are near the park.

Statement form the artist: water tower ladder

““I like the idea of a reservoir of water. This simple and timeless wooden structure contains water—the most primitive and elemental resource, the essence of human sustenance, and a reminder of the basic condition that all humanity shares. We must guarantee our water in order to survive. In that sense the water tanks are containers of primordial knowledge. Their form and material are equally archaic: they are simple circular huts with conical roofs, made of wood. Less obvious but nonetheless important is their reference to watchtowers due to their elevated position. Although they are benign objects, there is the sense that they are quietly surrounding us, surveying the city below. These water towers metaphorically function as tall ornamental crowns on the tops of the large buildings that dominate the urban landscape. They punctuate the glory of modern civilization while reclaiming its humanity.

The installation will be up from through March 30th, 2014. Here is a video of one of the towers:


water tower bed

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.

 

 

 

 

40 foot bronze tree sculptures taken down in Madison Square Park

The three 40 foot bronze tree sculptures by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone have been taken down in Madison Square Park after being on exhibition since September.

Next up are three neon water tower structures by artist Iván Navarro (Brooklyn; Chile) that will go in February 20th, 2014.

The sculptures are 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, Orly Genger, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.

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Origami Snow art sculpture at Tekserve up now

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Walk by the Tekserve store (119 West 23rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue) this month and you will see an art installation in the window by Ingrid Gabor.

Origami Snow is a “motorized sculpture of faceted mirrors designed to follow movements of light and street activity”.

The piece is big, 5 feet tall by 4 feet wide, and features moving mirrored fragments which shimmer when motion is detected.

Walk by if you can, and of course Tekserve has some great ideas if you are scrambling to get a cool gift for the holidays. It’s definitely not too late!

You can also read more about Origami Snow at www.tekserve.com/business/Blog/theres-snow-at-tekserve-origami-snow or check out the tumblr page for it.

Neon water tower structure by artist Iván Navarro to be next Madison Square Park installation

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="400"] rendering via madisonsquarepark.org[/caption]

The next Madison Square Park art installation has been announced – three neon water tower structures by artist Iván Navarro (Brooklyn; Chile) that will go in February 20th, 2014. The structures will be 7 feet in diameter on 8 foot tall legs and people will be able to walk around them and look inside. The installation, entitled This Land Is Your Land from the woody Guthrie song, features neon words/images in each tower (Me/We, Bed, and a ladder) and reflects on immigration both figuratively and literally via mirrors.

Statement form the artist: ““I like the idea of a reservoir of water. This simple and timeless wooden structure contains water—the most primitive and elemental resource, the essence of human sustenance, and a reminder of the basic condition that all humanity shares. We must guarantee our water in order to survive. In that sense the water tanks are containers of primordial knowledge. Their form and material are equally archaic: they are simple circular huts with conical roofs, made of wood. Less obvious but nonetheless important is their reference to watchtowers due to their elevated position. Although they are benign objects, there is the sense that they are quietly surrounding us, surveying the city below. These water towers metaphorically function as tall ornamental crowns on the tops of the large buildings that dominate the urban landscape. They punctuate the glory of modern civilization while reclaiming its humanity.

The installation will be up from February 20th, 2014 through March 30th, 2014.

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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