Antony Gormley: New York Clearing (2020) was unveiled at Pier 3, Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the international public art project, CONNECT, BTS, introducing the pioneering global project from Korea connecting five cities and twenty-two artists, each contributing their own unique philosophy and imagination.
This installation is Gormley’s first outdoor work, and largest installation, made up of more than eleven-miles of aluminum tubing that rise to a height of almost fifty-feet. It is also the first installation on Pier 3, which overlooks the East River and city skyline.
Speaking about New York Clearing, Antony Gormley said, “This is the first time that I have attempted to make Clearing without architectural support. I am enormously excited about the opportunity of making this energy field in conversation with Manhattan across the waters of the East River. It can be seen as an evocation of human connectivity, a materialization of the energy of the people that view it and the people that made it.”
Gormley’s monumental ‘drawing in space’ is a single line made up of square aluminum tubing that loops and coils without beginning or ending. It invites viewers to challenge perceptions of the world and our place in it.
“We’re honored to host Antony Garmley’s New York Clearing here at Brooklyn Bridge Park,” said Eric Landau, Brooklyn Bridge Park President. “We have a long history of incredible art installations in the Park, and can’t think of a better place than Pier 3 for this amazing piece.”
Audiences visiting the exhibitions will be able to access special artwork introduction videos recorded by BTS. These clips can be accessed via the CONNECT, BTS official website (www.connect-bts.com) by clicking on “Secret Docent”.
Antony Gormley will give a talk at Parsons School of Design in New York on Tuesday, February 4 to mark the installation of New York Clearing. The artist will look again at over 40 years of his work and examine what the stillness and silence of sculpture can offer the inhabitants of an ever-changing 21st century metropolis like New York.
Antony Gormley: New York Clearing will be on view from February 5 to March 27, 2020. This work follows Gormley’s last New York public art installation, Event Horizon, in Madison Square Park in 2010.