Note: This exhibition is now over.
There’s a really great new art installation in and around Madison Square Park…
…which serves as a reminder that you should stop worrying about looking like a tourist…
…and look up once in a while.
Antony Gormley’s installation Event Horizon hit the media this past week, as news outlets spread the word that the human silhouettes seen atop Madison Square Park buildings were just sculptures, and not people attempting suicide.
There are 14 in total, spread across the area, and it’s a lot of fun trying to spot them.
For a tremendous amount of bullshit regarding the meaning of the installation according to the artist, click here.
Personally, I just like the surreality these sculptures bring to the neighborhood. The buildings are all the exact same historical landmarks that have gone unchanged for decades…but something is out of sorts, a blip in your peripheral vision, and holy crap, what is that up there? The fact that such a sensation could be caused by such a minute change is pretty impressive, and in effect makes you re-examine the surroundings you know so well (Gormley, you are welcome to add this one to the list).
According to Gormley’s Chelsea art dealer, the pieces have been priced at $2.3 Million dollars, which seems like highway robbery considering they seem to lose just about all significance when removed from their locations…But then, I’m just a guy working for Hollywood, so what do I know?
In the meantime, I think it’d be great to one-up Gormley by having someone actually go up to one of the surrounding rooftops and stand like a statue for a bit…then move around to really freak out the people below. How meta can you get?
PS – Check out my pics of the last Madison Square Park installation: treehouses!
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