Beginning on March 26, 2010, New York City’s celebrated skyline will play host to Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon, a landmark public art installation presented by Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art.
On the occasion of Event Horizon, thirty-one life-size sculptures of the artist will inhabit the pathways and sidewalks of historic Madison Square Park, as well as the rooftops of architectural treasures of New York’s vibrant Flatiron District and environs. New York City landmarks to participate in the installation include the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, the New York Life Building, among others.
Adapted for the awe-inspiring skyline of New York from its London premiere commissioned by the Hayward Gallery in 2007, Event Horizon will introduce the American public to one of Britain’s most celebrated artists in dramatic fashion. Four of Gormley’s figures cast in iron will be placed at ground level tangibly interacting with the course of daily life adjacent to Madison Square Park, the center of the district-wide installation.
Ground-level locations include: Flatiron Triangle, Madison Square Park, 26th and Fifth Avenue, and Madison Avenue and 24th.
An additional twenty-seven works will be placed as high as 57 stories, encouraging viewers to look up and around the installation neighborhood at the heart of New York City.
Locations to host Event Horizon sculptures at elevated heights include: 1 Madison Avenue, 11 Madison Avenue, 41 Madison Avenue, 51 Madison Avenue, 60 Madison Avenue, 15 Madison Square, 1133 Broadway, 225 Fifth Avenue, 204 Fifth Avenue, the Flatiron Building, 304 Park Avenue, 230 Fifth Avenue, 162 Fifth Avenue, 184 Fifth Avenue, 220 East 23rd Street, 928 Broadway, 921 Broadway, 853 Broadway (Union Sq), 245 Fifth Avenue, 11 East 29th Street and the Empire State Building.
For more information on Event Horizon visit the project’s dedicated website launching February 25, 2010 at www.EventHorizonNewYork.org.
About Antony Gormley:
Over the last 25 years Antony Gormley has revitalized the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as subject, tool and material.
Since 1990 he has expanded his concern with the human condition to explore the collective body and the relationship between self and other in large-scale installations like Allotment, Critical Mass, Another Place, Domain Field, and Inside Australia. His recent work increasingly engages with energy systems, fields and vectors, rather than mass and defined volume, evident in works like Clearing, Blind Light, Firmament and Another Singularity.
Antony Gormley’s work has been exhibited extensively, with solo shows throughout the UK in venues such as the Whitechapel, Tate and the Hayward Galleries, the British Museum and White Cube, and internationally at museums including the Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Germany. Blind Light, a major solo exhibtion of his work, was held at the Hayward Gallery in 2007. He has participated in major group shows such as the Venice Biennale and the Kassel Documenta 8. His Field has toured America, Europe and Asia. Angel of the North and, more recently, Quantum Cloud on the Thames in Greenwich are amongst the most celebrated examples of contemporary British sculpture. One of his key installations, Another Place, is to remain permanently on display at Crosby Beach, Merseyside. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999 and was made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997. In 2007 he was awarded the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Trinity College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge, and has been a Royal Academician since 2003.
About MAD. SQ. ART:
Mad. Sq. Art is the free gallery without walls presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy in the historic 6.2-acre park located at 5th Avenue and 23rd Street. In 2009, Mad. Sq. Art has also exhibited The Park, a site-specific series of short films by Shannon Plumb, and Flooded Chambers Maid, a mixed media installation by Jessica Stockholder.
Major Support for Mad. Sq. Art is provided by Founding Partners Agnes Gund and Anonymous. Substantial support is provided by Ronald A. Pizzuti, Toby Devan Lewis and the Henry Luce Foundation. Support for Markers is generously provided by David Nolan Gallery, Gail Monaghan, Francis Williams, Raymond Learsy and Melva Bucksbaum, Wynn Kramarsky and Ted Poretz. This project is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Mad. Sq. Art is made possible by the leadership and generosity of the many friends of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.