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Celebrated Sculptor’s Spiraled Artwork Will Sit Outside PS1 This Summer

Current installation, photo via Parks Department

Current installation, photo via Parks Department

April 4, 2016 By Jackie Strawbridge

A spiraled aluminum sculpture will soon sit on a small green corner of Jackson Avenue, just outside MoMA PS1.

Mary Ann Unger’s “Unfurling” is a public art piece that will be on view at Jackson Avenue and 46th Avenue from May to October. The piece comes via the Parks Department and will replace Fanny Allie’s “A Bench for the Night,” pictured above.

Unger was an accomplished sculptor known for large-scale, bodily pieces. She died of breast cancer in 1998 at 53-years-old. “Unfurling” is one of two outdoor works that the Mary Ann Unger Estate, which works to further the appreciation and placement of the late artist’s works, has in its collection.


Via Mary Ann Unger Estate

“We’re thrilled for the piece to be accessible to the public and to the community,” Allison Kaufman, director of the Mary Ann Unger Estate, said. “The piece itself is a really interesting work that combines geometrical elements, but also a very natural shape.”

According to Kaufman, the piece was created in 1986 and is made from aluminum. It stands 19.5 inches high, 28.5 inches wide and 36.5 inches deep, and will sit on a 34-inch-tall pedestal.

The installation site is next to MoMA PS1, where Unger exhibited in the 1970s.

“We find that it’s coming full circle,” Kaufman said.

According to the Parks Department, “Unfurling” is scheduled to be installed mid-May and will be on view until the last week of October.

“There’s a small green space there, so [passersby] can have a moment in an urban environment to appreciate art and nature,” Kaufman said.

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