That Sinking Feeling

July 14, 2006

Distinguished alumnus and 2003 Macarthur Fellowship recipient Sarah Sze (MFA 1997 Fine Arts) has created a new public-art sculpture, currently on display in New York City’s iconic Central Park. Corner Plot, which Sze created for the park’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza as a commission for the Public Art Fund, is a site-specific sculpture that echoes the white-brick apartment that stands on the opposite corner, across Fifth Avenue. Although it is in pristine condition, Sze’s structure appears to have sunk into the ground, leaving only one corner of the building still above street level.

Through the building’s windows viewers can see an interior vista, extending several feet below street level, which appears to be a cluttered, fully furnished living space. The submerged space is filled with light fixtures, bookshelves, water bottles, electrical outlets, bath towels, an alarm clock and numerous other pieces of domestic detritus. Corner Plot will be on display in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, located near the park entrance at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, through Sunday, October 22.

Image: Sarah Sze, Corner Plot, 2006. A project of the Public Art Fund, sponsored by Bloomberg. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging; courtesy the artist, Public Art Fund, and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.

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