5 New York Public Artwork Initiatives To Test Out This Spring – WWD

There is never a shortage of new art in New York – and some of the best pieces are in sight outside (and don’t include a hike to the Gallery District, either). Here are some current and upcoming public art projects in the city that are worth looking for.

Sam Moyer’s “Doors for Doris” on Doris C. Freedman Plaza

Sam Moyer is the latest artist to work with the Public Art Fund to install work at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza. The artist’s three sculptures are located on the southeast corner of Central Park and are made of imported marble embedded in concrete slabs, “doors” that are ajar and framed by bluestone monoliths. The work was inspired by the urban setting – the interface between natural and man-made elements – with the marble referring to nearby building foyers, while the ajar aspect of the doors nods to the vibrancy of the city. The project marks Moyer’s first public solo art installation. “Doors for Doris” will be on display until September.

Kaw’s “What Party” sculpture in the Seagram Building in Midtown

Brian Donnelly, the pop artist known as Kaws, is the subject of an upcoming survey exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. “What Party” opens in late February, but the artist’s work can already be seen in Manhattan. Last fall, one of the artist’s large-format sculptures, which shares a name with the museum exhibition, was installed in the square in front of the Seagram Building in Midtown. The gunmetal-gray sculpture – looking dejected, with a Michelin Man physique (is it a mirror for this current time?) – will be stationed outside the building until the end of the year.

Swoons “The House Our Families Built” with the PBS American Portrait Public Art Initiative

Also known as Swoon, Caledonia Curry offers a new reef for the nickname “street performer”. In partnership with PBS American Portrait’s new public art initiative, Curry created a traveling diorama sculpture on a 14-foot van. The play will tour the city for four weekends in February. “The House Our Families Built” contains images – clippings and painted scenes – inspired by domestic scenes found in the PBS American Portrait Archives. It’s also part of performance piece. Throughout the run, several performers will enter the work to recite user reflections that come from the same PBS archive database.

“The house our families built” by Caledonia Curry aka Swoon.

“Love Letters” in Times Square

This year’s Times Square Design Contest winner wants to spread love. The new “Love Letters” public art installation will be unveiled in Father Duffy Square on February 10th at 11am EST. The installation was created by the design studio Soft-Firm in collaboration with Reddymade and the manufacturing company Worthless Studios and invites the public to leave their own love letters – or letters of hope, appreciation, joy – in the piece. Visitors have the opportunity to tie their contributions (“wish-stamps”) directly to the sculpture. The structure, curved to reflect two interlocking hearts, is made of netting and plywood interspersed with mirrored windows, and has multiple corners for people to sit and reflect.

David Hammons: “Day’s End” with the Whitney and Hudson River Park Trust

New York based artist David Hammons is unveiling his new public art project this spring in collaboration with the Whitney Museum and the Hudson River Park Trust. The major project is in the form of an open metal structure, a kind of outline of the original Pier 52 shed, which stood in the same place as the new work. Hammons was inspired by Gordon Matta-Clark’s (unauthorized) work from 1975 in which the artist cut five openings in the side of the original Pier 52 shed. Hammon’s sculpture pays homage to the New York shipping industry and the history of the pier as a meeting place for the gay community. “Day’s End” stretches across the Hudson River, with the effects of the work changing depending on light and weather conditions.

Rendering of David Hammons’ proposed “Day’s End” project looking west from the Gansevoort Peninsula. Courtesy Guy Nordenson and Associates.

More from the eye:

Hugo McCloud painting made from plastic bags on display at the Sean Kelly Gallery

Shirin Neshat brings her “Land of Dreams” to New York

‘Broken Nature’ highlights restorative design and sustainability in MoMA

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