On March 23, Mayor Bloomberg held a press conference to open one of the most adventurous city art installations since the Central Park Gates.
Event Horizon is being presented by The Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art, a “free gallery without walls.” The installation features 31 life-size cast-iron and fiberglass nude likenesses of British visual artist Antony Gormley.
Originally exhibited on the South Bank of the Thames, Event Horizon will be centered around Madison Square Park against the backdrop of the Flatiron, Gramercy, Nomad and Chelsea neighborhoods. You will be able to see Gormley’s imposing statues gazing from rooftops, pathways, sidewalks, corners and even the Empire State Building.
Nomad, The Madison Square Historic District, will house 13 of Gormley’s statues, more than any other area. It’s a great space for the installation because the statues will interact with the classic sculptures which for decades have graced Madison Square Park, and the quickly transforming neighborhood is buzzing 24/7 with cultural, dining, residential and commercial activity.
Internationally renowned, Gormley makes his US premier with this exhibit. He says he is particularly happy to working in New York because he considers Manhattan “a living laboratory of possibility of how human beings can live together.” According to Gormley, “The gaze is the principal dynamic of the work; the idea of looking and finding, or looking and seeking, and in the process perhaps re-assessing your own position in the world.”
Make sure you spend time experiencing this extraordinary installation and see if you can track down all 31 of our new nomad neighbors.