Art Installation Casts NYC Water Towers in Infinite Light

Art, East, Newsletter
Monday, March 10, 2014
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(Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

By the New York Times’ estimate, there are some 12,000–17,000 water towers currently in use within New York City. Frequent hosts for sediment and even harmful bacteria, Ivan Navarro has found a new substance for filling these ubiquitous components of the city skyline: neon light. The material is the Chilean artist’s preferred medium, and in a new installation in Madison Square Park he has rendered the words “we” “me”, and a ladder on the interiors of three separate water towers.

    (Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

(Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

Elevated eight feet above the ground, each of the towers is devoted to one of the aforementioned images. Viewed from below the images appear to extend into infinity. The piece is obtusely title This Land is Your Land (by way of Woody Guthrie) and will be on display through April 13.

    (Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

(Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

    (Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

(Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

    (Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

(Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

    (Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

(Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

    (Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

(Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

    (Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

(Photo by James Ewing Photography/Courtesy Madison Park Conservancy)

 

One Response to “Art Installation Casts NYC Water Towers in Infinite Light”

  1. Enzo C. says:

    After stoping by the park and see an “ok” spectacle (personally if it is a spectacle I prefer going to Cique du Soleil, art should be something different) I made a little research about Ivan Navarro and if I found some work better than the showed in Madison Park, I found the constant of doing work and making references to famous artists as a way to give value to his own art. Dan flavin, Tony Smith, Kelly, as also musicians from The Beatles to the chilean Victor Jara. In a few of the works the interpretations makes sense but in the most of them it lacks at all. He also makes appropriations of th e styles and ideas behind this big names; as he names Dan Flavin, his own work is minimalis as he names Woody Ghutrie he is a fighter for the poor but I you don’t see the qualities and atributions of these styles and concepts more than in a statement. Ivan navarro should have a post modernist speech, what is closer to his work and times. But what most sock me (as Italian) was seeing in early works of Ivan navarro an extreme similarity to Paolo Schirpa’s work, but in this case, with out any reference. Maybe it is too similar to make a refence, or maybe an italian from the generation of the Arte Povera is not cool enough to be named… but good enought to re-create his work

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWgKTm_6TN0

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