Event Horizon / Antony Gormley / Mad. Sq. Art
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On View: March 26 — August 15, 2010  

From March 26 through August 15, 2010, The Madison Square Park Conservancy will present Antony Gormley’s  Event Horizon, a landmark public art exhibition, as part of Mad. Sq. Art 2010.  

In Event Horizon, thirty-one life-size body forms of the artist cast in iron and fiberglass will inhabit the pathways and sidewalks of historic Madison Square Park, as well as the rooftops of the many architectural treasures that populate New York’s vibrant Flatiron District. Event Horizon marks Gormley’s United States public art debut — a milestone for an artist whose work has garnered worldwide acclaim over the past 25 years.  

“I’m thrilled to be working with New York: people and place,” says artist Antony Gormley. “I don’t know what is going to happen, what it will look and feel like, but I want to play with the city and people’s perceptions. My intention is to get the sculptures as close to the edge of the buildings as possible. The field of the installation should have no defining boundary. The gaze is the principle dynamic of the work; the idea of looking and finding, or looking and seeking, and in the process perhaps re-assessing your own position in the world. So in encountering these peripheral things, perhaps one becomes aware of one’s status of embedment.”  

Antony Gormley originally created Event Horizon for London’s Hayward Gallery as part of the Blind Light exhibition in 2007. The sculptures were installed on bridges, rooftops and streets along the South Bank of London’s Thames River. In this New York incarnation, Antony Gormley has adapted this exciting project to Manhattan’s unique and awe-inspiring skyline.


Antony Gormley on Event Horizon  

March 2010  

In an age in which over 50% of the human population of the planet lives in cities, this installation in New York (the original and prime example of urban high-rise living) questions how this built world relates to an inherited earth.


 Isolated against the sky these dark figures look out into space at large asking: where does the humanity fit in the scheme of things?


The ambition is to make people visually aware of their own surroundings and the skyline above their heads.


In observing the works dispersed over the city viewers will discover that they are the centre of a concentrated field of silent witnesses; they are surrounded by art that is looking out at space and perhaps also at them. In that time the flow of daily life is momentarily stilled. 


Within the condensed environment of Manhattan’s topography the level of tension between the palpable, the perceivable and the imaginable is heightened because of the density and scale of the buildings.


 In London I took great enjoyment from the encounter with individuals or groups of people pointing at the horizon in the manner of a classical sculptural group. This transfer of the stillness of sculpture to the stillness of an observer is exciting to me: reflexivity becoming shared. 


 There will be a strong secondary point of view from high windows around Madison Square Park, so more than in any other installation of Event Horizon, the occupants of the buildings will be aware of these three dimensional shadows at the edge of their field.


The level of visibility and the idea of the gaze, is the principle dynamic of the work; the idea of looking and finding, or looking and seeking, and in the process perhaps re-assessing your own position in the world.


One of the implications of Event Horizon is that people will have to entertain an uncertainty about the work’s scope: the spread and number of figures. Beyond those that you can actually see, how many more remain out of sight? 

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On View:

Madison Square Park

5th Avenue at 23rd Street

New York City

March 26 - August 15, 2010

Event Horizon is presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of New York.

Major support for Event Horizon is provided by The Wall Street Journal, Charina Endowment Fund, Sorgente Group, the Irving B. Harris Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Additional support is provided by AXA Art Insurance Corporation, Bloomberg, Sean Kelly Gallery, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, The Kraus Family Foundation and many generous individual patrons of the arts.

Time Out New York is the official weekly media sponsor of Event Horizon. Ace Hotel New York is the official hotel of Event Horizon. The Wall Street Journal is the official newspaper of Event Horizon.

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