Monday, March 31, 2014

Past Public Art Installations to Visit the Park

With the excitement surrounding our recent temporary public art installations, Analogia and the ongoing Kelpies installation, we take a look back at some of our past art installations. The varied works and artists show a breadth and depth of subject matter, materials, and meaning behind the works.

1) Two Million Dollar Baby 
Big Crinkly, Alexander Calder (1971) 
Photo: BPC

This piece by Alexander Calder, an American sculptor famous for his mobiles, was on exhibit in the park in 1993. The mobile stood 24 feet high and its arms swung in the wind, and was valued at nearly two million dollars.

2) Tony Smith: A Perennial Park Favorite
One-Two-Three (1967), Smug (1969-70), The Snake is Out (1962), and more

Works by Tony Smith, an American sculptor, have been displayed multiple times in the park over the course of several decades. Smith was a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright and his signature style was geometric steel sculptures that created drama through their simplicity and scale. His most recent work to show in the park, called One-Two-Three, made its home on the Fountain Terrace in 2013.

One-Two-Three on the Fountain Terrace in 2013. Photo: Angelito Jusay Photography
As far back as 1967, Smith's sculptures were a feature in the park. Three made their home in the park: Willy, Amarylis, The Snake is Out, and Spitball.

The Snake is Out is installed on the lawn. Photo: New York City Parks Photo Archive.

3) A Tribute to Victims of 9/11
Collective Memory, Sheryl Oring 
A 9/11 Tribute, Bryant Park Corporation

On the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, two art installations occurred in the park simultaneously. One, put on by Bryant Park itself, set up 2573 empty Bryant Park bistro chairs on the lawn in honor of those lost.

Bryant Park's tribute to 9/11 victims.
Simultaneously, an interactive exhibit called Collective Memory set up on the Upper Terrace. Conceived by Sheryl Oring, the exhibit had the public answer the question "What would you like the world to remember about 9/11?" Responses were typed by 11 typists onto index cards.

A member of the public answers the question posed by Collective Memory to a typist, wearing the red brooch.

4) ...And Many More
The park has hosted many more works of art, with more in our future. For a full list, check out previous blog posts.

What has been your favorite public art installation in the park? Which do you wish you had seen? What would you love to see in the park?

1 comment:

  1. The Calder and the Smith were arranged by the late, wonderful Andre Emmerich. A good friend to Bryant Park.