June 7, By Christian Murray
A piece of artwork went up on a 14-by-48 foot billboard last week at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Queens Plaza.
The artwork, commissioned by the SculptureCenter, is by Uruguayan artist Alejandro Cesarco and features text. The piece will up until July 2.
“The work is a textual interpretation of the opening scene of filmmaker Jean-Lu Godard’s Alphaville (1965), an iconic science fiction/noir film that describes a futuristic dystopian society controlled by a supercomputer,” according to a statement by the SculptureCenter. “Through its prominent placement over a busy intersection in Queens, the billboard points to how texts mediate public space and social life while locating critical and resistant capacities in the acts of reading and interpretation.”
The artwork was selected by high school students who are part of the ScultureCenter’s Public Process program, a three week course where students meet seasoned professionals and visit public art sites. The course was introduced two years ago.
This is the second year that students have selected an art piece. Last year, students selected Mika Tajima’s ‘Meridian’ that was installed at Hunters Point South Park.