April 28, 2016 By Jackie Strawbridge
Visitors to Hunters Point South Park this summer will be able to sit in a sculpture surrounded by mist and colorful light.
“Meridian,” by artist Mika Tajima, will be installed near the ferry landing through SculptureCenter’s new art education program, Public Process.
Exact installation dates are in still in the works but it is slated to be on view from early June to September, according to SculptureCenter.
The sculpture will be a brightly colored rectangle that is sunken inside, resembling a hot tub, SculptureCenter spokesperson Ariel Hudes said. There will be benches inside, and a mist machine will spray vapor into the air. LED lights will give the mist different colors.
The colors are not randomly chosen; they will correspond to the real-time value of gold – based on an algorithm developed by Tajima – changing “second by second,” according to Hudes.
“Reflecting on the materiality of contemporary life, this object is a ghost or mirage of a familiar object—a fleeting visual trace of a material form as it fades into abstraction—into thin air,” SculptureCenter stated in a press release.
This public artwork was selected by a group of high school students who participated in Public Process, which teaches about the history and impact of public art. Three artists were invited to pitch ideas to the students, who ultimately chose Tajima’s work.
I guess it’s better than the waste of money Pink sculpture.
I wish they would get the kiddie sprinkler up and running- i don’t think it has ever worked.
Sounds cool. Would be great if they fixed the misting circle at center and 48th. I always liked that /when it worked
Funny but I agree with you Frank.
“reflecting on the materiality of contemporary life” – come on get off it you damn artiste! i understand the color changing LED lights now that i see it was selected by a group of high school students. makes sense.
More useful would be to know (a) if this is taxpayer funded and (b) how much we are on the hook for. At least it isn’t a bubblegum pink Gumby knockoff.
Let me google that for you – http://sculpture-center.org/eventsEvent.htm?id=113812
Glad to see the taxpayers are not wasting money on this, unlike the Pink Gumby.
Glad to see that you’re so focused and not getting worked up over silliness. Something tells me that you spend more time on your computer than you do outdoors, preferring a virtual world over the reality of diverse culture. Better for us all if you stay home and monitor things online.
Ever heard of a smartphone?
Are you real?