Created by British artist Antony Gormley, the piece, which contains 18 kilometres of wound aluminium tubing, is called New York Clearing.
New York Clearing Is A Big Giant Squiggle
Antony Gormley creates “drawing in space” on Brooklyn pier
New York’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is home to a giant mass of looping metal tubes. Well, until March 27.
Created by British artist Antony Gormley, the piece, which contains 18 kilometres of wound aluminium tubing, is called New York Clearing. The structure, which resembles a giant squiggle, rises to 50 feet at its tallest point with each piece of one-inch rectangular tubing secured to others with plastic and metal zip ties. The entire collection is then fixed onto the concrete ground with steel spigots.
Located at Pier 3 overlooking the East River and facing the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge, New York Clearing is described by its creator as “an interactive public scape.”
Gormley says that visitors to the massive tangle of aluminium tubing are encouraged to traverse through the structure by stepping over and walking under it. At their own risk, of course.
“This is an open work,” the artist recently stated.
“It doesn’t have skin, you’re invited to enter in, you’re invited in a way to meet others that you may not have met before.”
You know, sort of like you do in the line up at the coffee shop minus the coffee, the annoying wait, the cost of the beverage and the chatter.
New York Clearing is one of many pieces that make up the global art initiative Connect, BTS which was launched by a Korean pop band and has been hosted in other cities around the world.
Who knew that a giant squiggle would get so much attention?
Photography: Christopher Burke.
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