The new Madison Square Park art installation Red, Yellow and Blue looks to be pretty much in place. You will find 3 installations in the park using 1.4 million feet of painted rope- rope that was found along the Eastern oceans and waterways. The commissioned work, Red, Yellow and Blue (referencing Barnett Newman’s Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue), will be in the Park through the 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.”
The red and yellow installations create interesting visual spaces on the southwest and northeast corners of the park with their whimsical peaks and valley design that leaves sight lines through to the beautiful gardens and lawn of the park, as well as the historic buildings. Unfortunately there have been a lot of rumblings heard from locals about the the huge blue wall of the third installation, which has been called everything from ‘unimaginative’ or worse (‘construction tarp’). Regardless of your opinion of this blue installation, it is unfortunate that it will block so much of the beautiful green park in that area throughout the summer.
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.