In 2010, the Event Horizon sculptures were installed in New York City at sites around Madison Square, as far downtown as Union Square and as far uptown as the Empire State Building. The 2012 installation in São Paulo is the same as the London design, the 27 fiberglass figures were placed on setbacks and tops of buildings, while the four cast iron figures, being heavier, were on the ground in Madison Square Park. The installation was sponsored by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.As expected and as in London, the figures were mistaken as suicide attempts.
Gormley said the following about the London installation :
“it was great to see an individual or groups of people pointing at the horizon. This transfer of the stillness of sculpture to the stillness of an observer is exciting to me: reflexivity becoming shared.”
Antony related about the installation in New York
“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” and that in this context, the project should “activate the skyline in order to encourage people to look around. In this process of looking and finding, or looking and seeking, one perhaps re-assess one’s own position in the world and becomes aware of one’s status of embedment.”
Critic Howard Halle said of it that
“Using distance and attendant shifts of scale within the very fabric of the city, Event Horizon creates a metaphor for urban life and all the contradictory associations – alienation, ambition, anonymity, fame – it entails”
Now this would be the second intriguing materialized by Antony Gormley on our website and we would love to hear your opinion about his work, we find it at least interesting.
PS: first being Experimental Art|Another Place- Instalation by Antony Gormley.