Garment District Alliance & The Elizabeth Foundation Unveil ‘Del Geist: Cracked Ice’ on The Broadway Plaza

 

 

 

Del Geist: Cracked Ice. Image credit: Sabrina Eberhard for the Garment District Alliance

On Thursday, November 30th, the Garment District Alliance (GDA) and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) will hold a special ceremony to unveil Cracked Ice by renowned artist Del Geist a series of three towering structures made of stone and stainless steel titled Laurentide, Muir and Champlain that represent erratic boulders being held by immense ice-age glaciers. The free installation will invite viewers to reflect on the dynamic forces of nature and profound impact of climate change and will be located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets through March 2024.  

Del Geist: Cracked Ice. Image credit: Sabrina Eberhard for the Garment District Alliance

Standing between 10 and 18-feet-tall respectively, each structure symbolizes a massive boulder suspended by the remnants of an ancient glacier, representing the gradual melting of ice over time. Del Geist worked with Bill Lyle of Lyle Welding to fabricate the sculptures. The installation is part of Garment District Art on the Plazas, a year-round public art program made possible through the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program (NYC DOT Art). Visitors are encouraged to share their Cracked Ice experiences on social media by following and tagging @GarmentDistrictNYC on Instagram, @TheGarmentDistrictNYC on Facebook, and @GarmentDstrctNY on Twitter.

Del Geist: Cracked Ice. Image credit: Sabrina Eberhard for the Garment District Alliance

On his website, Cracked Ice, the artist speaks to the overall project as a group of sculptures, of varying sizes, each carrying a glacial erratic boulder, or multiple boulders, balanced on a steel structure, referring to the recent glacier which covered the area. Each artwork speaks to climate change.  Philosophically Cracked Ice condenses 18,000 years of time into a physical metaphor.  18,000 years ago New York was covered with an ice sheet 2000 feet (600 meters) thick.  The works are sited to appear ‘slightly precarious’ as metaphor for ‘climate change’, alluding to a ‘precarious’ situation for the earth. The stainless steel structures allude in form and color to ice fractures, is if they were castings of the fracture voids within the glacier. The boulders are authentic ‘glacial erratics’, selected for their expressive geological qualities.  They are from upstate New York and the Connecticut River Valley.

Del Geist: Cracked Ice. Image credit: Sabrina Eberhard for the Garment District Alliance

Del Geist: Cracked Ice will be unveiled by The Garment District Alliance and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts on Thursday, November 30th at 12:30pm on the Broadway Plazas between 39th Street and 40th Street. The installation will be on view through March, 2024.

Follow Del Geist in his efa studio on Instagram.